June 15, 2009
Posted: 1501 GMT

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maryam   June 16th, 2009 5:22 pm ET

It s not fair,the people in Iran do not have any internet to vote here,it is obviouse that there was a cheating in this ellection if not why there are these much peolpe in street???

Mohammad   June 16th, 2009 5:26 pm ET

Of course it was not fair. That liar (Ahmadinejad) cheated and manipulated the votes.

Danial   June 16th, 2009 5:30 pm ET

How can you say it was fair when you don't have any Idea about our Country!!! having 104 % vote and having vote more than population of one city is fair...? No! its just a joke, its humiliation one nation by little dictator.

Sarah   June 16th, 2009 5:33 pm ET

It was not fair. After 4 years of having Ahmadinejad`s at the office, Iranian nation (all around the world) were voting like they had never before (among them were people who had not voted for 30 years). Do you really belive it was to re-elect Ahmadinejad?

This is if one does not bother to put 2 and 2 together and realize that it was indeed fraud.

maryam   June 16th, 2009 5:43 pm ET

90% of iranian turks voted for mousavi,because he is azeri turk also... but where is their votes?

Morteza   June 16th, 2009 5:43 pm ET

My heart and support with my brothers and sisters in Iran that are being beat and killed by the illegitimate government and their fascist plain cloth and Basij.

Dara   June 16th, 2009 5:47 pm ET

Ahmadi Nejad is not the legal president of Iran. They cheated and if western countries do not anything about this they will be regret of what he (Ahmadinejad) is going to do .

Iman Rafiee   June 16th, 2009 5:47 pm ET

The election was totally absurd, it was fake and there's no doubt it, at least from people who are living in Iran.

Now we have this self-claimed president who has shown that will stop at nothing to preserve the presidency power, and people, in the other hand, are trying to stop him.

That's why we need Your help people! please support our freedom movement.

Kaveh   June 16th, 2009 5:48 pm ET

expressing my sympathy to all my fellow Iranians, I don't believe the fraud in election. In my perception, there is a huge lack of communication/mutual understanding between social classes. Regardless, I am so sorry for what is happening in the streets now.

Ehsan   June 16th, 2009 5:50 pm ET

Personally, from all my friends, family and relative, I only know two people (not three but just 2 single people!) that were going to vote for Ahmadinejad and the rest voted eother for Mousavi or Karoubi. And this is pretty much the case for all my friends. But Ahmadinejad got 63% of the votes! Also, Karoubi got 5 or 6 millions votes in the last presidential election but this time, though he was stronger, he only got some three hundreds thousands! Now I appreciate if anyone explain this to me!!!!!!!

Parisa   June 16th, 2009 5:52 pm ET

It was a fraud!

Arash   June 16th, 2009 6:03 pm ET

In the 2005 election, the turnout was very little because the opposition group boycott the election, and it led to the 60% victory of Ahmadinejhad in the SECOND run among him and Rafsanjani, NOT the first run.... Read More
In the recent election most of those who buycott the election last time, showed up and votted mostly to the reformist candidates. So, the added 10 million votters this time mainly voted to Mousavi and not Ahmadinejhad

Soudeh   June 16th, 2009 6:06 pm ET

there are several reasons to believe that the elections were unfair! Most importantly, he was announced to gain the highest votes in the cities that hate him the most!!! These cities have shown their hatred against him on several occasions!!! I think this reason is good enough to believe that the ballot was rigged, even overlooking all the other reasons

Azadeh   June 16th, 2009 6:10 pm ET

It's obvious that it was not fair. There has been fraud.

susan   June 16th, 2009 6:13 pm ET

its fraud. supreme leader is loosing its support and they organized a coup with his puppy to have control over Iran. they are 2 dangourous animals.

Sara   June 16th, 2009 6:15 pm ET

To "John" and "David Boldman",

We DID NOT vote to Ahmadinejad. As an Iranian I find your comment an insult to us Iranian people. Why would you think that a civilized nation would vote to such a fraud? He called his people "dirt" in his speech right after the election. You and Ahmadinejad think we are stupid; well, we are not. He is a radical, WE ARE NOT; we only want freedom.
Everyone in the world please support us, we need your help not your doubt. My people are dying on the streets fighting a potential Taliban government; help us before it's too late.

Hanieh   June 16th, 2009 6:17 pm ET

They cheat in a stupid way. When we count the number of votes that their announce for each candidate and the number of false votes it is note equal to the total number of votes !!!! The difference is a lot more than some simple mistake.

Nader   June 16th, 2009 6:18 pm ET

59500,000 Votes ( as they claim ) Votes are handwritten and 4 folded. And they counted them in 2 hours? FRAUD

bahareh   June 16th, 2009 6:18 pm ET

no doubt that there's a coup d'Etat. it's just that they didn't expect Iranians to respond like this. and this will not end until we gain our votes back!

detbadin   June 16th, 2009 6:18 pm ET

are u kidding?of course not.......everybody knowes.ahmadi nejad cheated all the people.....

Ata   June 16th, 2009 6:21 pm ET

it was like a Joke. one of the biggest century Fraud

Nader   June 16th, 2009 6:22 pm ET

Please help the brave Iranians who are being beaten and killed – write and call your state representatives to pressure US government to side with the people, instead of the wait and see.

Sara   June 16th, 2009 6:22 pm ET

As an Iranian, I first want to ask those who think critisizing Iran's presidential election is the US's policy to look at the streets of Iran. Are those asking "Where is my vote?" in the streets sent by the US? Are they US agents?
No, we were so tired and sick of Ahmadinejad, that we decided to vote. We also knew that those close to the Supreme Leader wanted Ahmadinejd to remain the President. The only way people of Iran could think of to prevent this from happening was that they all needed to vote and to vote against Ahmadinejad. That is why you saw that huge turn-out on the election day. Now, I am asking, how is it possible that so many people cast their ballots to say no to Ahmadinejad, and yet he got 24 million votes (even more than what he got four years ago and despite all the problems that he has caused for the people of Iran)?

Arezou   June 16th, 2009 6:23 pm ET

The election is fraud for many reasons as pointed below:
1. In 2005 elections when Ahmadinejad was much more popular and the finantial situation in Iran was better and there wasn't a strong reformist rival for him he barely could just get 17 million votes, this was in a situation that the census indicate 1/3 of this amount of these votes were actually NO's to Hashemi Rafsanjani and to elliminate him from the political leaders of Iran. Now with all these situations changed, that is terrible financial situation in Iran, Presence of two strong reformist rivals and all the mis management people have seen from Ahmadinejad there is no way that he could get 24 Million votes in Iran.
2. The interior ministry of Iran did a super human job in counting the votes while they were not casted electronically which sounds fishy, like there has never been any kind of counting.
3. Now looking to the second reformist candidtae votes, Mahdi Karroobi, we'll see that his votes has decreases suspiciouslyto less than half a million, while in the 2005 election he could get 5 million botes, although even that time he protested for the irregularities in countings.
There are more I will talk about later.

Amir   June 16th, 2009 6:24 pm ET

It was rigged, but it can't be proven without transparency. There are several facts that lead to such suspicion, including the timeline of the results, banning of the inspectors, inconsistency with past election results, etc. . But what is more important is the fact that
1. Ahmadinejad had the motive
2. He had the tools to tamper with the results. (those who conducted the election were on the side of Ahmadinejad)
3. He had the tools to reinforce the rigged results (with his armed basij militia supporters)

The only way other candidates could prevent fraudulent acts was through inspectors. Guess what!!! Many of them didn't get their permits on time and some of them were denied entry. Some mobile ballot boxes didn't even have an assigned inspector.

Shahab   June 16th, 2009 6:30 pm ET

The reason why we say the election was not fair is that it is not possible to count 40 million paper-based votes within an hour, the exact event that happened after the election. Moreover, in the past elections, there were always more than 15 millions who did not participate is voting since they did not accept the whole regim, but in this election only 6 millions did not vote. Therefore, they were looking for Ahmadinejad to vote, which seems absolutely strange.

ahmad   June 16th, 2009 6:32 pm ET

They are big liars, yes, we dont say ahmadinejad isnt president, we say its completely obvious that this result is made without counting. if they accept that, we take other steps. we , iranian students, never give up. they kill our friends in our dormitary at tehran university, but their friends are here.
regards to iranian

Kaave   June 16th, 2009 6:33 pm ET

David Boldman you are stupid! let iranian people decide for this matter, we all hate Ahmadinejad and for sure we didn't vote for him.

Ramtin   June 16th, 2009 6:34 pm ET

not only it was not fair, but also they want people know that it was not fair. some kind of revernge for what people did during recent months as a reaction to stupid actions of Ahmadinejad. The difference between result and reality was rediculously big. They wanted to humiliate people. Even Ahmadinejad voters know the result was not fair.

Shirin   June 16th, 2009 6:37 pm ET

It was a fraud, and the events after the election made it clear that it was a coup d'etat. The announced results didn't come from counting the votes.

Shane   June 16th, 2009 6:37 pm ET

Ofcourse it wasn't fair. You don't need to kill people after a fair election. Associated press has confirmed 8 deaths. Meaning the true number of casualties are 80 at the moment.

Azar   June 16th, 2009 6:41 pm ET

They did a coup d'état. That's it. We didn't vote for him.

hossein   June 16th, 2009 6:42 pm ET

It is not at all fair It is a real disaster

Pegah   June 16th, 2009 6:42 pm ET

This is quite funny, people are being murdered with unbelievable violence, the actual number of losses is way more than this funny "7" mentioned in your news. Doctors in hospitals have reported numerous corpses brought to them last night. And yet we are polling here "was the election fair"??? HAHA, I can't help but laughing at this question! Can you redefine the meaning of fair for me? Fair is the government that tortures and murderer the students in their dorms? Did they have real votes?? At this moment I don't care anymore... I want my dead brothers and sisters back.

Farid   June 16th, 2009 6:43 pm ET

I think that those 27% people have not found the meanning of the question!

Amir   June 16th, 2009 6:45 pm ET

This question must be asked from iranians. It is funny that hear a great majority of iranian say it was not fair and in fact it was a coup, However many non-iranians still are defending ahmadinejad. For us it is clear that they even did not wait to count the votes and all the numbers are fake. It is not hard to realize Mr. ahmadinejad can lie easily and hos government was responsible for election. Western countries are not important for us and we can not trust them. The were never been serious about human right. They do not sell planes to us but regime is fully equipped with all suppression equipments.

Golnaz   June 16th, 2009 6:46 pm ET

The government is killing the people brutally, they cheated in the election and want to shut people up not to complain and take their vote back, pleaseeeeeeee help us, please, I beg you.

Sarah   June 16th, 2009 6:46 pm ET

to David Boldman:

What kind of reasoning was that?
Not every thing is about US. So since US is usually wrong (as you say) you just ignore millions of Iranians who are crying, demonstrating, shouting, being butcherd and asking for the fair election?
Either way that US or western countries think does not change the fact that Ahmadi nejad stole Iranians votes already. No body denies US power over the world and Iran but don`t mix up every thing.

Gildokhtar   June 16th, 2009 6:51 pm ET

I'm really concerned about the next reaction of Government! First they asked foreign reporters to leave the country or not reporting the rallies. Now they are disconnecting Internet so that Iranians could not be able to send the news to outside. They are planning of massive killing of the protesters. Just about an hour ago supreme leader called the protestors are country’s enemy! I'm really worried! Please do not leave us alone!!

Cyrus   June 16th, 2009 6:54 pm ET

The point is that a majority of surveys conducted by independent organizations before the election were indicating a high percentage of votes (more than 55%) for the reformist candidate, Moosavi. But now, what has happened is that the margin between Ahmadinejad and moosavi is so wide and in the opposite direction of what was expected and has made everyone suspicious.
some other reasons can be listed as : the excell spreadsheet published by the government has changed several times due to some blunders in made up votes, e.g. the number of voters in a city are much higher than the city population! the summation of votes for moosavi from voters in Iran were higher than total votes in Iran+worldwide! Please vote "election was NOT fair". thanks

fafa   June 16th, 2009 6:56 pm ET

Dear Non Persian Friends

Changing of our profile picture to the "WHERE IS MY VOTE" had a great impact in all over the world (Source CNN)

Please join us and change your profile picture to "Where is Their Vote" in order to stop the massacre in Iran.

whether you're Iranian or not.... please support us

Iranian born in America   June 16th, 2009 7:03 pm ET


Is it all that shocking that an election could be rigged from a regime that will jail or murder you for free speech?


Is it all that shocking that an election could be rigged from a regime that will jail or murder you for being a homosexual?


Is it all that shocking that an election could be rigged from a regime that will jail or murder you for being a reporter?

... for changing your religion?
... for drinking alcohol?
... for dressing immodestly?

The people of Iran do not want this, but they have seen first hand what can happen to you if you try and rebel against it.


This election fraud is just the tip of the iceberg.

Pardis   June 16th, 2009 7:09 pm ET

for friends out there who aren't SURE to click yes or no...
Ahmadinejad won around 6 million votes in the 1st round and 17 million votes in the 2nd round...4 years ago
within the past 4 years...he has humiliated Iranians all around the world, and economically: let's just say a pak of cheese use to be 25 cents and now its $1 and 25 cents
This time around, as we were told, he had around 25 million messing up the economy, leaving people hungry, and humiliating us...gained him THIS many votes in 4 years?
during counting of the votes, in the first two hours 20 million votes were counted and in the next 8 hours another 20 million votes were counted (how is that possible? the counters must have gotten REALLY tired of counting!)
the ACTUAL results slipped out and showed that Mousavi came in 1st with around 20 million votes, 2nd Karoubi, 3rd Ahmadinejad, and 4th Rezaii...
doesn't it sound like cheating to you?
for the people who are dying to get what is their right, pls read this and make the right choice then click the correct answer...

Amy   June 16th, 2009 7:10 pm ET

If it was truely a fair election, what need would the government have to block internet and text messaging and to kick reporters out of the country? If it was fair, wouldn't they be able to show ample proof that it was in fact fair? If it was fair, would the people really be rioting to such an extent?

Mister Ahmadinejad, if you are going to rig an election, at least make yourself win with a realistic percent when your opponent is so popular. I thought you were an idiot before, now I can only spew a string of inappropriate language when I think about what you are doing to the people you claim to represent.

Rayan   June 16th, 2009 7:10 pm ET

See closer to the election before this one, how many ppl participated ? and then compare, this time 81% participation, it is simple, it means that ppl they didnt want AhmadiNejad to be elected, on the other hand he had khamehie support, and the goverment didnt want the same thing that happened during the Khatami's time, so what they could do is to get rid of these reformers like mousavi or khatami and etc by a coup, if they win the fight against ppl, ahmadi nejad will become the life president of Iran,


Ali   June 16th, 2009 7:17 pm ET

I agree that it's hard to tell. But, when you don't have complete information, you must use scattered facts. Here are some:

1 – In the pre election national TV debates, Ahmadinejad started a series of apparent, unbelievable lies. About how good the country runs, how good the economy. He even showed wrong charts on national TV. All these helped everyone believe that he's a big liar and would do anything to win.
2 – He states that he's poor and doesn't have any money. He also said he's not gonna spend money to campaign for election. However, estimates show that he spent over a hundred million dollars. Everything is fine till now. His close close friend and ally, is the interior minister who is responsible for running the election. He's also believed to be one of the richest people in Iran (very odd in his party). There are strong rumors that he has given huge amount of money to Ahmadinejad for election. The person running the election (in a very closed atmosphere that not a lot of people could get the details of) and he has also given millions of dollars of his money for campaigning for Ahmadi nejad.
3 – A government that has 24 million votes doesn't cut cell phones and other communication channels. The government's job is to protect the security of a nation assets. Usually the rebels try to disrupt the normal flow of life, and not the government.
I can go on and on...
Based on these facts, I strongly agree that the election was not fair at all.

m.   June 16th, 2009 7:19 pm ET

FAIR? this is unquestionable! the results were ridiculous! unbelievable! I really don't know what they have thought about the Iranians and themselves! I guess they want Iranians to forget democracy forever and get use to a dictator government from now on!

Ali   June 16th, 2009 7:21 pm ET

Do not even doubt about the fraud in recent election in IRAN. Ahmadinejad in the previous election only obtained 5, 167,489 votes from his supporters. After more economic sanctions, imposed by other countries, against IRAN, the horrible recession of the economy, and suppression of cultural and social activities, do you still think his votes have been improved 5 times since then? Please be more realistic. This dictator has shown to be cheater and liar. He can simply make a speech indicating that he is the "god" while his supporters chant for him.

mammad   June 16th, 2009 7:21 pm ET

It was definitely a fraud.
More than 80 percent of people participated to get Ahmadinezhad out of the office but they stole our votes. yesterday's demonstration was just tip of the iceberg. a government that has 67% of the vote and 24 Milion people to back them wouldn't need this brutal police to control people.

People are outraged by these cheating.

Hasanagha   June 16th, 2009 7:24 pm ET

To call this an election, is a mockery against the Iranian people and the international civilised world.

sahand   June 16th, 2009 7:31 pm ET

Ahmadi is a "revengeful" personality. For him, defeat was not enough. He conceals that and then he will take vengeance on people for not voting him. There is a lot more to happen.

Shahin   June 16th, 2009 7:35 pm ET

Of course not! nobody can deny 7 million Ahamadinejad's supporter in Iran! the rural poor people in suburbs and villages and a few sepah and basij personals related to regime who Ahmadinejads bought their votes with lies, potatoes and money! then it is impossible to deny 24 million medium class people, educated and students in Iran! Majority of this portion of socity accepted to support and vote for Mousavi to show their protest to regime and regime preferred candidate Ahamdinejad! Unfortunately these votes were stolen by the system who was in charge of election, and who was in charge of election, surprisingly Ahamadinejad!
now my question is do you believe Ahmadinejad has 24 million vote in the Iran when students kicked him out of Sharif university? When other three candidate showed that he lied about his performance in TV debate?

Nima   June 16th, 2009 7:35 pm ET

There has been no fair election in Iran during the past 30 years! This one is just more obvious.

Mah   June 16th, 2009 7:37 pm ET

To David Boldman,

this time it is not US that thinks it was a fraud election. This time Iranians think it was not fair. That is a big difference. There was always some percent of cheating but this time was not comparable. We see people around us, in school, taxi, bus. When there is hot election, everybody is talking about election. So it is not hard at all to get a feel which direction the vote is going to head.
In the presidential election for Khatami, people are as excited and you saw the vote was over 20 million for him.

Abbas Ghaie   June 16th, 2009 7:37 pm ET

Each polling station has say 1,000 to 5,000 votes and they can be counted in less than few hours and then transferring the information online to the server in the ministry of interior takes one second. Then why are you saying it is not possible to count all the votes in such a short time?!??!?!??!?!?

Reza   June 16th, 2009 7:40 pm ET

To those who need evidence to believe that this election was unfair, i was not the supporter of either but from what I observed I can tell that the votes were totally rigged. It is so obvious and there are so many reasons for that. The numbers are ridiculous and dont make any sense. The violence during the election and after it is another reason.
Normally it takes 2 days to count all the votes bt in this election Ahmadinejad was introduced as president few hours after the election.
Counting the votes according to constitute law must be started after the election is finished but on Friday people heard about the results on the line of voting!
there are so many other things....

azadeh   June 16th, 2009 7:43 pm ET

It was fair because there is not any logical reason to show the election was fraud.

Amin   June 16th, 2009 7:52 pm ET

– How could you prove that "Mugabe" the fake president of Zimbabwe didn't cheat?

– How could you prove Saddam Hussain didn't receive 99.9% of votes in consecutive elections?

-How could you prove that President Mubarak received 99% of votes despite the fact that no Egyptian voted for him.

– How could you prove that Hugo Chávez didn't cheat in all previous elections?

If you have answer, we Iranians can give you answer. Otherwise, look at their approach to silence people with violence, propaganda, lies, etc.

Essi   June 16th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

It was an absolute fraud. I have many reasons for that. one reason is the government took done the the SMS system before the election started, and SMS was the only way that other candidates' representatives in the voting branches could communicate with their candidate's election campaign and update them about the news!!! why did they have to took done the SMS system? Second they didn'd let any of the other candidates representative be present while they were sealing the voting boxes. I have more than 10 other reasons..... Iran has been betrayed!!!!!

mobin   June 16th, 2009 7:56 pm ET

How could it be Fair?
So many people, who haven't voted for 30 years, don't feel concerned about Ahmadinejad being replaced by someone else! they've come to show their anger and discomfort about present situation that this guy has made, that's the reason why lots of people voted this time.
Sms is intermitted, telephone is outa order! social networks (twitter, facebook) are blocked, so is opposition's website, internet speed is reduced, foreign journalist are dismissed, 8 students are shot inside university (not in the streets) and killed, what's the reason behind all of this struggles?!

Nastaran   June 16th, 2009 7:56 pm ET

We want democracy and freedom,,,
Iran is going to be destroyed.
Please help us.
Please help Iran.
Iranians are free......

Ghader   June 16th, 2009 8:01 pm ET

There are lots of reasons why the election has not been fair. 1- There is no reason that Ahmadinejad's votes increases from 17 million of 4 years ago to 24 million while the inflation rate was increased from 10% to 25% and unemployment from 12% to 20%. 2- They didn't allow many of the candidates' representatives to monitor the voting and counting procedures which is their legal right; why should they do that if they have 24 million votes?? 3- The official websites announced Ahmadinejad has won the election with 64% of the votes 2 hours before the election is finished!! How is it possible?? How they know the votes?? 4- The candidates had much lower votes even in their birth-places!! This has not happened in any election in this 30 years!! It's ridiculous. 5- The government started a police maneuver exactly the day after the election and didn't allow the protestors to the results to calmly announce their opinions; they even have not issued any permissions for peaceful demonstration of protesters and even threatened all people not to participate or they would be arrested!!! IF THEY HAVE WON THE ELECTION WITH 24 MILLION VOTES, WHY SHOULD THEY FEAR FROM A FEW NUMBER OF PROTESTERS?!!

asal   June 16th, 2009 8:04 pm ET

We Iranians didn't vote for Ahmadinejad we hate him.
Most of the people who voted this time,want to get rid of him,he is a big liar ,you can not trust a word he says!

SusieS   June 16th, 2009 8:05 pm ET

I am an American who knows many Iranian students here in Southern California. I am totally convinced that the election was an absolute fraud having watched the election news while it was coming in and due to the absolute shock my friends are in these days. Furthermore, the massive Iranian youth protests here in LA and in Iran and beatings by the Iranian police give a clue to the dictatorship rule that very likely stole the vote in this election. My heart completely goes out to these young people as the majority of them have voiced their deep dissatisfaction with the current regime over the past few years.

Linda   June 16th, 2009 8:10 pm ET

If the election was fair, what is the reason behind this huge protests and why the Iranian government is killing the people with shot guns?
Everything is suspicious and I am pretty much sure that the result of the election has been altered to the Supreme leader's favor.

Gildokhtar   June 16th, 2009 8:11 pm ET

It was a clear fraud. If Ahmadinejad is sure about his 24 millions why does not he accept the re-election? If he is truely an elected president he can gain world's repsect by having re-election. He has stolen the votes so shamelessly!!!

Bernd Reza   June 16th, 2009 8:21 pm ET

There is no doubt that the Election Results were imposed and untruthful... How can you count 40 million paper votes in 2 hours? Just a simple comparison of TV pictures from different hours of the election show, that at one time the votes for Mohsen Rezai were higher than an hour later when more votes had been counted. Pictures of National Iranian TV available as reference. Furthermore a letter from the Interior Ministry has leaked to the supreme leader announcing the true votes (however we cannot verify the originality of this letter), but the TV is a proof. There are many other reasons and scientific proofs... If the election was fair, why is the International Media Banned to cover the events of Iran? Why are the Telephone Networks disrupted? Why are the mobile network and messaging service of the mobile operators down?
Where are his Voters? They should be out there in a majority too, no? But in all cities of Tehran people are green. If you listen to live interviews of BBC Persian of yesterday with some governmental employees all of them confirm that their presence for Ahmadi Nejad's celebrations were imposed, buses where brought to their ministries and people were gathered and forced to show up. They are exposed to loosing their jobs and other diciplinary actions if they don't show up in pro government celebrations.

The results of this elections are definately imposed and a Kudetah by a dictatorship! A rightful government would not be afraid to rightfully recount the votes immediately after a complaint has been made by any party, but of course after 3 days and with 15 million ballots missing, this cannot be acceptable and new elections would have to take place.

According to Article 110 of the Iranian Constitution, one of the obligations of the Supreme Leader is verifying and confirming the integrity and correctness of the Presidential Elections, and the leader can only confirm such integrity and truthfulness after inspecting all complaints from the opposition candidates and receiving the confirmation of non-violence of the Guardian Council. This means that there is no doubt that the Supreme Leader has broken the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is a dictatorship movement and against the constitution and the Iranian Nation must stand until they receive their constitutional right of free elections and anyone breaking the law must be punished. Including the Supreme Leader who has lied to the entire nation and imposed his policies to them and stolen their legitimate constitutional rights...!!!!

soodeh   June 16th, 2009 8:29 pm ET

i just hope the blood of this much people who were killed or injured, have a the best result , you all ! pray for it,please!

Peyman   June 16th, 2009 8:30 pm ET

they thought people are stupid !!! it was compeletly a fraud election ! Mir Hossein Mousavi is real winner of this election

sanaz   June 16th, 2009 8:31 pm ET

please consider that internet in Iran is filtered so the people inside iran can not participate, if so the responce no would be 99%

Navid   June 16th, 2009 8:40 pm ET

Ahamdinejad is a liar and dictator. He has stolen our votes. He very easily lies in TV . He has nothing to lose since he already lost every thing and supreme leader is supporting him. The main issue in Iran is that supreme leader has done coup d'etat against Iranian people and no one dares to declare it there publicly. Ahmadinejad is the acting wing of supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, who has the total power in Iran. Unfortunately Iran's constitution gives a lot of power to supreme leader without putting enough observation on him. We all voted for Mousvi but they stole it and considered it for Ahmadinejad. The problem is that the official data in Iran comes from the government itself. They are not reliable. They have engineered the data just to show it as proof that Ahamdinejad has won while he is the most unpopular figure in Iran.

Niayesh   June 16th, 2009 8:42 pm ET

The people on the street are in millions, and these are only the people who dare risking their lives. This has never happened in the history of revolution, so it's pretty obvious that people are against Ahmadinejad.

You must be a fool to believe that pictures of Ahmadinejad's supporters is any objective evidence for people's support. In an authoritartian regime, it's much easier to be for the government, than to be against it, especially if they pay or intimidate you to attend their rallies.

Arash   June 16th, 2009 8:42 pm ET

Here is the big picture:
They made a show and used a candidate such as Mousavi to lure people out for voting (Since all candidadates first should get admission from the consoul of Guardians for participation). However They have already planned the coup and only used people to show the west how legitimate the Islamic Republic is! After the Coup that they didn't need people anymore, they began to suppress them! It is funny that before the election the Gov. TV was showing the scenes of people voting all the time and calling them heroes, and after that it has never shown the protesters and what they did to the ex-heroes.
So here it is: Iran is not Islamic Republic anymore, it is only Islamic!

reza   June 16th, 2009 8:52 pm ET

I dont know why the western medias are starting to say "What if the Ahmadi nejhad really won the election?" Ofcourse not... He has definitely cheated in this election. I now make sure that the western conutries prefer someone fanatic in middle east to providing a new war. Please do not close your eyes to the reallity. Please do not sacrifice iranian people for the polectics. we are all humanbeing. Mousavi is our first real president after president Khatami.

Arash   June 16th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

How could you be done counting 39 MIL PAPER BALLOTS within 3 hours??!?!?!!!!!!! Do not forget that these are not punch cards. These are hand-written paper ballots!

NMK   June 16th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

I am an iranian student in US. I know what's going on in the streets.
Al mentioned everything I wanted to mention.Thanks Al. These are the evidence that show they cheated.

Why would the government do such things if Ahmadinejad had so many votes?! Who do you think are the people being beaten and killed in the streets?!

People of Iran are fed up with his lies!
In the presidential debates he lied lied lied lied... and most of the people know that.

And then they cheated and said that he was elected.. but everybody knows that he didn't. Mr. Mousavi had the majority of Iranian's votes.
Most of the people in Iran know that because they know who they voted for, and who their neighbours and relatives and friends voted for.

People of Iran want freedom of speech. People of Iran want good international relations between iran and other countries. People of Iran want peace in the world. They disagree with Ahmadinejad's way of behaving and government.

They are in the streets giving blood because they know they have been cheated.

We had many elections before.. nothing like this has happened before.. why do you think this is happening? It's not because he was elected fairly and people are protesting!!!! This is not true. People of iran want the international news stop saying things like "supporters of defeated presidential candidate" and "protesting against the recent election results". The news should know that it's not the results that are being protested; we're protesting because he CHEATED.

Sam   June 16th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Iranian people know that Ahmadinejad lied about many things. His famous protective light, people not blinking while he was talking in UN, inflammation and unemployment statistics and many other things. It was easy to see that he would cheat and lie in the election too. He is a lier, that's what he does and everybody was expecting this outcome for election.

shahrzad   June 16th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

you may not understand the situation....Ayotallah khamnei has always been behind every caos and turmoil in Iran but we never thought he was capable of designing a military coup, he proved us all wrong! it's his plan to stay on top or grant the leadership(the crown!)to his son....the rumors say his plan has been okeyed by Russia....ahmadi nejad is just a useful ladder to him..who can serve him better than the most deceitful lier on the planet...what we all know is that one day the story of "islamic dictatorship " in iran must be taught in all languages so people would not let such disgusting characters rise anywhere ever again!

Mohammad   June 16th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

It was a coup that was orchestrated by the leader and his stooge Ahmadinejad. They keep forgetting the Iranian history. The shah tried to do the same thing and did not succeed. They might think that they have won the battle, but they will definitely lose the war.

Manoochehr   June 16th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

The election was rigged based on a convoluted scheme that is now coming to surface. Please read a statement by Vahid Parsaee, a close confidant to Ayatollah Mesbah , in a diary by Mr. Fateh, chief advisor to Mr. Moosavi, on June 13. Mr. Resaee told Mr. Fateh 2 months ago that he would predict that Mr. Ahmadi nejad would get 24 million and Mr. Moosavi would get 13 million votes. That is exactly what happened!!. No co-incidence. Mr. Khamene-ee wanted to humiliate Mr. Khatemi, who won 23 millions in 1997, and the reform movement. This election was rigged from the outset.

Pirooz   June 16th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

People participated in this rigged election just to get rid of Ahmadinejad.

Mey   June 16th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

It was not fair at all. It was an blatant cheating
We wrote Mousavi, but they read Ahmadinejad

Ali   June 16th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I am really surprised how any one can think this was a fair election. if some one from out side of Iran think it was fair, I urge him/her to go and spend a few days in tehran and talk to people. I see a comments here that he compares the election in Lebanon to this election and says that because ahmadinejad is against US, so the world does not recognize this election. This is THE most naive way of thinking. You might not like US policy but it does not mean you have to approve a religious, military dictatorship in iran. I really think the reaction of the people of iran is the best way to know that this was a fraud.

Ehsan   June 16th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Ahmadinejad is a smart confident liar who has been supported by Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of Islamic "REPUBLIC" of Iran.
I don't ever remember that people of Iran elected him to be the leader. During these years Khamenei and his crew committed enormous amount of crimes and violated the human rights with the name of God and the religion.

Mehdi   June 16th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

It is hard to say it was a fair election, there are some serious doubts. The system of the ballot counting is not digitized yet and normally it takes up to 3 days to counting whole of the votes. The method that they used to reveal the counting results.

Actually I used to vote at Boston but they said that Ahmadinejad is the winner when I was voting there! At first I they are joking but after checking with several web sites I found that it is not a joke.

Hassan   June 16th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

The election is a record of highest participation in Iran's history because they voted just to get rid of current stupid president Ahmedinejad. He destroyed the country with his ridiculous behaviour!!

Nima Y M   June 16th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

We do not hate A. N. himself, he is just a puppet who is full of lies.
There is no liberal Iranian who can see the picture of today's iran, and stay silent.
People feel deceived coz they all came out for CHANGE, and now by manipulating the results, they are trying to fool people and tell them this is what you voted for democratically.

I am not talking to Iranians, since they all know what I'm talking about, I am talking to those who are critics of West! and not believing the voice coming out from Iran. If you do not believe what you see in this poll, go and ask any regular Iranian, and see what does he or she think about it.
The least is, if you have any doubt, you have to make sure before you decide base on prejudice.
Iran, needs sympathy and understanding, NOW.

Dariush   June 17th, 2009 12:19 am ET

How was it possible that Mousavi had less votes than Ahmadinejad in his own town, in his own birthplace. Come on man, get serius!

mac   June 17th, 2009 1:35 am ET

I have been in vote concentration room in one of the elections.

Votes of each ballot box are counted in a different place and the counts are then sent to concentration room. In this step fraud can include incorrect counting, rejecting some of the votes because the name has been spelled incorrectly (like in Khatami's time, they rejected some of the votes because they had written a doctor before his name). In addition some of the votes in the box might have been fabricated.

Up to this step changing the votes can be relatively small (20%-30%).

However in concentration room normally two groups should concentrate the votes (add the counts of boxes). One group should be from government, the other from "Guardian council". Then the concentration results are compared and if they match they are announced. The sum and calculation process is not observed even by the people which work in concentration room. Only a few of the people there see the calculation (i.e. summation of the results).

There are not even one of the candidate members or observers in concentration room. It is definitely possible to put away the real results and announce a fake set.


Yaser   June 17th, 2009 3:13 am ET

Either the election wasn't fair, or they did whatever it took to make it look unfair

Dariush   June 17th, 2009 4:28 am ET

People turn out massively to vote and remove of Mr. Ahmadinejad from govenment.They are tired of him because of mismanagement in internal affair which is ruining the domestic economy and for his hardline statement toward the west which is destroying the good image of Iranian with thier rich culture all around the free world.But, the goverment and suprim leader "Khamenaei" cheated them in this election. What is it called in political terms ? Is not "political coup detat"?
Iranian people today are alone fighting for democracy and thier right and doing peaceful raly with milions of people after all danger.they dont have media to broadcast it.all communication ways are restricted or cut by the government. but i dont know why so-called free media like CNN they dont cover it enough. I warn, the ramification of this coup goverment with Mr Ahamadinejad + khamanei not only is dangerous for Iran future but also for peace and security of Middle East and worls as well. You "CNN" are resposible to the history of the world to help to spread the voice of Iranian people in the world if you really wanna future peaceful world.

Farahnaz   June 17th, 2009 4:30 am ET

If you lived in Iran, you would know that Iranian ethnic groups have strong feelings in favor of politicians with the same ethnic roots. If you look at the percentage of votes dedicated to Mousavi in Azerbaijan or to Karroubi in Luristan, you see that they have much fewer votes that the president-elect. This is totally impossible. In 1997 when the whole country voted for Khatami who is a reforimist, his rival's home province people _Mazandaranis_ voted for his the hard-line Nategh Nouri.

pegah   June 17th, 2009 4:34 am ET

We want FREEDOM. Thats all.
No Islamic Goverment

Masoud   June 17th, 2009 4:54 am ET

I don't care if a government is pro American or against it as long as they are fair and democrat about their own people.
You guys don't know what is going on in Iran, if you like that Islamic type of Democracy in Iran why would you not going to live there to better understand the situation. Individual citizen does not have any right in Iran unless government say so. Even Election is basically Fraud even with no cheating on number of votes because the supreme Leader and his appointees decide who should run for presidency or Parliament.
From 1800 volunteer for this Election only 4 people got the permit to run for presidency. What do you think, do you still call this democracy!!!!!
BTW, this time they even didn't bother to count the paper ballots because they announced the final result just 2 and half hour after closing the pols. Yes they count 42 million votes in less than 3 hours. What do you think now ?

Saeeda   June 17th, 2009 5:03 am ET

The problem is not only with Ahmad Nijad, the problem is with the whole Ayoutallah Regime. It is a truly backward regime that will take the nation to hell. I just want to ask what the revolution gave the Iranian people since 1979?

Mahdi   June 17th, 2009 5:05 am ET

It was the quickest coup in the world. Iran shines again with a new global record.

zohreh   June 17th, 2009 5:18 am ET

Iran election was absolutly an organized cheating.This is not an election.This is a SELECTION.

Daniel   June 17th, 2009 5:39 am ET

Nothing is fair in IRAN on people. I lived there for 20 years.
Death with the dictators

Sirous   June 17th, 2009 10:12 am ET

First of all thanks a lot to give us this opportunity to express our position: This is not first time that our people cheated by this system but difference are people reached to such point that they can recognize these kind of trick. Now they want make people as their salve by force.
Ahmadi Nejad ideology is no good at all for this world and is a tragedy for Iran too.
If some people in the world do not like him, we hate and shame to see this man as Iran president as well.
We hope to have an Iranian as our presidency position who taking care of Iranians profit, taking care of Iran country and have a very good relation with US government and people and show all of the world real Iranian face.
We hope to make that day.

Sajjad   June 17th, 2009 10:36 am ET

There is no relationship between Iranian Government and Iranian People.
We Hate Ahmadinezhad.
Government is killing his people under the name on Islam.
Can you hear our shout?

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mahmood akbari   June 17th, 2009 10:42 am ET

I hate Ahmadinejad.He kill my brothers ...

Mohammad   June 17th, 2009 10:46 am ET

ah ... forget to say \"can you live in a country that music, some sports and all women sports and wine and most types of dresses and all alcoholic drinks are forbidden?\"

can you imagine in my country when a part of a girl hair was out they arrested her and made it a big case to her family? hey people come and join us in this wild wild country!!

Mari   June 17th, 2009 11:05 am ET

Down with the Ayatollas, the iranien people has had enough. They are killing people in the name of god. Who gave them the right to do that, its time for them to realize that they are not wanted any where. Let the repressives be repressed for ones.

Farhang   June 17th, 2009 11:09 am ET

The election result was a fabrication, because after cheating on many levels on the day of election, the officials were faced with a massive vote to Mousavi and Karoubi and in that short space of time they only could anounce a fabricated result.
This is now bigger than a presidential elections for Iran. It is about lying to people by Supreme Leader. He was never head to head against Iranians like this before. He will suffer the concequences!

Nima   June 17th, 2009 11:15 am ET

According to what i saw in London on Friday, the long queue that was full of Mr Mousavi supporters and i voted to him as well, it's unbelievable to see Ahmadi nejad az winner. It's absolutely stupid.
Their figures say that 70% of votes in London were for Ahmadinejad, but we perceived it by our own eyes that at least 70% of voters in London were Mousavi supporters.
It's a big lie and UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, WILL WE GIVE UP to get our votes back.
Other perceptions like blocking Internet ,text messages and Mobile networks, not giving permission etc also shows they have cheated.
Besides that, one of Iranian TV channel showed at 9:47, 633,048 votes were counted for Mirzaee and at 13:53, it was decreased to 587,913 !!!! HOW ????
It clearly illustrate that Iranian TV was told to show it in a way that Ahmadinejad is winner which wasn't and all the figures showed by Iranian TV was nothing but rubbish.

Mehdi   June 17th, 2009 12:08 pm ET

During less than 1 hours and 45 minutes protector websites of Ahmadinejad announced that he has about 21 million ballots. Please let us know how they had count these much handwritten ballots in a such tight time? Now after 5 days, Iran government has request 10 days to re-count some ballot boxes by random seleciton! Dear people in the world what would you do if faced with such nasty behaviour from the stupid president who calls you blushwoosd against the strom?! Yes he is damning us by such nasty words and are interested to be killed but not accept him as president.

Farid   June 17th, 2009 1:04 pm ET

Ahmadinejad has changed the election's result with support of Islamic Guards or "SEPAH". Unfortunately In Iran, National TV which is controlled by leader and SEPAH supports Ahmadinejad to defraud people specially the ordinary ones.
He does not believe in any Iranian right of freedom.
Down with Ahmadinejad.....
Shame on Dictators.............

Ali   June 17th, 2009 1:20 pm ET

Just look to other elections held in Iran in last 30 years,
Is there any objections like this?
Is there a demonstration like this?
I think Iran is going to change, there is a turning point here , good or bad the time will show.
We hope all people around the world learn to live in peace not in war.

Farid   June 17th, 2009 1:28 pm ET

People are being killed and suppressed here in Iran. Iranian propaganda machine is hugely supporting the cheaters (Ahmadinejad's administration, and military forces). Moveover, having banned several different websites (including and!), now they have almost stopped the speed of the internet. Foreign Journalists are being asked to leave the country! Human rights are being violated! ... We are facing a totalitarian terror in IRAN!

Behzad   June 17th, 2009 1:28 pm ET

there are facts that must be known:
1. messaging system on our mobile phones are not working from the day of the election
2. those who gathered in Tehran in support of Ahmadinejad were tens of thousand people at most but nearly 2million people attended Mr Mousavi's supporters' march messenger is blocked
4.facebook is filtered
5.twitter is filtered in most parts of Iran
6.Foreign reporters and journalists are not allowed to report on the happenings

why? If the election was fair why are the government is doing this?

Raza   June 17th, 2009 1:47 pm ET

I just know that Mr.Ahmadinejad and his team are not honest
with Iran's people .

eagop   June 17th, 2009 2:42 pm ET

Simple but disturbing. If no reports or outside connections were permitted you can believe it was an organized vote by the elite Iranian power holders. Where there is no freedom, there is tyranny.

nedaye sabz   June 17th, 2009 3:54 pm ET

If you want to have a deep tangible insight and unforgettable feeling of cheat, lie, fraud, embezzlement, injustice, suppression, censorship, exploit, homicidal maniac and whatever crimes you might think about, as we have had since 2005 in our country, it would be so easily accessible....
You can per se invite Mr. Ahmadinejad and Basij Resistance Force to your country, to your home...

Morgan Moktar   June 17th, 2009 4:06 pm ET

That is so sad that Iranian people have been ruled by such hedious government and mullas for so long, they have moved from one dictator to another in the past 30 years, i was a child when revelution againsst Shah took place and I had so much hope that Iran would be free afterwards, what none of would imagine was that we were heading for worse in the name of religion... Islam is separated from these fanatics whoes goal is to destroy our faith and our religion.. None of these rulers are educated, they have been thought to rule by violence and demolishing thier opponents.. I hope this is a new begining for a change in Iran's policy and the way way people are being treated. I hope that we together can get rid of so called islamic government... i AM AFRAID THAT THEY WILL FAKE THE VOTES AGAIN AND CALL IT A RECOUNT.

Shahram Azad   June 17th, 2009 4:19 pm ET

Because there is no democratic government and all rules and policies are control by the Islamic supreme leader in Iran, there is no way to reach the goal of healthy election.
30 years ago we did the huge mistake to let Ayatollah Khomeini be a ultimate power.
Islam is the governmental religion and always will have hand on peoples life and opinion.

Elham   June 17th, 2009 4:23 pm ET

this is ridiculous cause for example in a village with 800 persons population in Yasoj province there was 2000 votes for Mr Ahmadi nezhad
and many other cities in Iran there was more votes than the population
and the other problem is 54 millons paper for vote that no one knows where is 14 and half million Empty note when all Iranian who vote were around 39 millions person

korosh   June 17th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

this mullas are gifts from jimmy carter to the people of iran . it is enough please give back your gift and leave us alone .
take a look to the history of this revelotion . war – dead – ...... full negative points .and now
a stupidly circus from election in a free political space !!!!!
i did note vote but i am sure that the vote of people is stolen nad nobody can do any work . just look to people that will kill py this wilds.

leila   June 17th, 2009 5:31 pm ET

I am 21 , a student of tehran university. 2 days ago I was exactly in the place that one of my brothers were killed by a shooter from an apartment. he wildly shooted with an Ak-47 to the demonstraters and a youngman just beside me falled and he was bleeding on the head. now that I am writing this message , my hands are vibrating of fear and sadness. I was so frightened that moment that I couldn't remain there. the sound of shooting still whispers in my ears.
hala , you can't imagine what is happening here. mobile phones don't work and all persian websites are filtered and if you saw that this comments were stoped at every moment, you should be certain that they have filtered this page too. we can't contact eachother at streets, persian channels are being jammed. ahmadinejad's dirty money is more important for sattelite companies in Europe than my brothers' blood in Iran. hala, I can't see your beautiful face these days on my tv, but I am sure that you will convey tonight in your program my message :
My brothers and sisters in america and all over the world ,
your brothers and sisters are writing with their blood the word of FREEDOM on the streets of Tehran,
they don't want your sympathy
they want your action and support

morteza   June 17th, 2009 5:38 pm ET

I think you should change this question to: is ahmadinejad a liar or not?

ali alavi   June 17th, 2009 6:04 pm ET

I think International media has some translation problem,
and many people who showed up on CNN where either pro-ahmadinejad or with regime change these people have no idea whats going in Iran. I ll be making a series of video and send it to you guys to explain some of these points. please THese protesters are from any catagories but 70% are under 33 ,so lets share some real views instead of insiders

Alireza Kabiri   June 17th, 2009 7:09 pm ET

We Iranians have stood up for Democracy, against foundamentalism and terrorism, now European Countries and USA, it's your turn to do something, Back us up to get rid of the obstacles toward democracy.if you don't do something right now then you should be prepared for a nuclear bomb:DAn atomic hardline dictatorship is good for no one. Beware of the next generation of Iran missles which can probably carry atomic heads up to Europe

Layla   June 17th, 2009 7:35 pm ET

we all know whose name we wrote on our papers !
It is absolutely clear that it has been a big CHEATING in this election.
We, people of Iran, are protesting to get our votes back, and tell the gov. they can't cheat on us anymore. We have a right to elect the president ourselves, therefore, there should be a re-election under the United Nation's supervising, and then, the whole world will finally know what a big lie this whole election was!
we will not stand still... we will fight till VicToRy...
wish us luck!

Parinaz   June 17th, 2009 7:41 pm ET

The election was undoubtedly FAKE...I strongly demand you people out there from other countries, PLEAAAASE consider the fact that the Islamic republic regime has nothing to do with democracy otherwise they wouldn't have disabled the cellphones and text networks in order to keep us disconnected! This shows how frightened they are cuz they know that we are the majority!!!!!They're all dictators covering themselves with religious and so called holly cloaks! WE Iranians have been losing every drop of our liberty ever since this regime has come and we are now fed up! We were all shocked to death after the election result was announced we couldn't believe our own eyes and ears! how foolish can they assume us people? !!! Our wisdom has been humiliated,and that's why we keep going and protesting in the streets! I know the reports don't show how MANY we are... but swear to the poured blood of our heroes,god and whatever you believe in, MOST of us did not vote for Ahmadinejhad! He's the most hated political face in Iran EVAR!!!!! It's not like what islamic republic reports " thousands of people" demonstrating, WE ARE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS YOU HAVE NO IDEA...not only in the capital, but in most cities there have been signs of protesting ..
Pray for us, help us get our votes back!!! 🙂

siyamak   June 17th, 2009 8:23 pm ET

is not fair. No matter how the mullahs try to suppress the media or
twist the news, blokcing internet sites, the more they try,
the more revolt will happen.
Iranians, especially those better educated, do have brains
and feelings. Enough is enough. They all know that Mousavi is no angel, he also has been part of the “establishment” under the patronage of the clerics in the past, but anyone is better than the fanatical, wild loud mouth Ahmadinejad who obviously carries big chips on his shoulder and want to challenge th whole world, be they the West, the israelis, or the Sunni Arabs while he allows the economy sink further.
Too much extremist rhetorics make people vomit

ali   June 17th, 2009 8:25 pm ET

we didn't vote to ahmadinejad, this regime has changed our votes

Layla   June 17th, 2009 8:29 pm ET

hey, it's me again.. i wanted to mention that, all mobile phones are down, sms system is broken for about 6 days now, every single web site, which can inform people about what's really going on in iran, is filtered. even bbc.
the gov. has already banned bbc persian channel and bbc radio and other satellite channels that could inform common people..
and national media is lying to 180 degrees directly to our faces! and some common people, in iran, really believe what they say!
we are getting more and more isolated .
even we have trouble launching yahoo messenger,which is a common and popular chatting program in iran...

we are asking for the other countries to give a hand, and not just feel sorry for us! sympathy can't bring our dead friends back... we need serious help ! thank you all.

Noushin   June 17th, 2009 11:24 pm ET

The bottom line is that Mousavi and Ahmadinejad are same! They both represent the oppressive government of Islamic Republic. I don't want to see any of them representing me or my country.
It's time for Iranians to have a true democracy! We deserve it!

asqaraqa   June 18th, 2009 2:32 am ET

I did vote against Ahmadinejad by voting for Moosavi and do wear green as a sign of solidarity with my people back in the old country. I also do follow the Iranian politics fairly closely, however I have not seen any hard evidence of cheating even though the actions taken by the Iranian authorities raise a lot of suspicions as covered by Juan Cole's article right after the election. In my humble opinion, the movement started goes way beyond the cheating in the 10th presidential election. I hope this God sent spark will be a great stepping stone towards a democratic Iran with a civil society that has an islamic identity. A country where religion and state are separated, plays well with others in international community, is independent, has nuclear power, and has equal rights for all of its citizen regardless of gender, religion, etc.

Shima   June 18th, 2009 3:52 am ET

Surely, it was not fair. I have attended some of protests held by Mir Hossein Mousavi's supporters in Tehran. Poor people do not shout even one slogan, however, they are attacked by regimes armed gourd. People only wants the government to suspect their vote.

Mahdi   June 18th, 2009 5:32 am ET

They showed to all that it is semi-Islamic corrupted government ... Ahmadinejad is just a tool in supreme leader's hand who make all his dreams come true...
let's all pray for Iranian People

Iran   June 18th, 2009 8:25 am ET

Our votes are stolen and we have no doubt about it.

Our Evidance is on our streets. I do not think that any one with common sense needs more evidance than the huge crowd who risk their lives to protect their votes.
But in case you need more evidance, how come in 70 areas the total number of votes are more than population of that area? and oddly in all of those areas Ahmadinejad is elected by 80 or 90 percent votes!!
How come other condidates were do not elected even in their home town? Karoubi defeated Ahmadinehad in his hometown 4 years a go with 5 times more votes. Now his votes are only one tent (1/10) of Ahmadinejads. If the election was fair why they arranged an army parade right on the day of annoncement? why they cut off the mobile network , filtered internet and arrested political leaders. It was a coup.
Please please help peaple of Iran. We are not the evil ani-westerners Ahmadinejad likes to pretend. We hate him.

Maryam   June 18th, 2009 9:27 am ET

Well... If they claim it was fair, then why are they afraid of probing votes???!!!....
There is a Persian proverb that says: " Anra ke hesab pak ast, Az mohasebe che bak ast?" meaning that " The one who is saint is not afraid of being evaluated"..... Moreover, their irrational reactions to protesters and international journalists prove that the election was fraudulent in fact....
Shame on them… Down with them…

mojdeh   June 18th, 2009 11:16 am ET

The ppl in Iran have spoken. We demand our votes to be counted!!! No More Lies !!! If the selection... i mean "election" was not rigged, there should be no reason why we can't have a REVOTE . But this time with checks and balances. ONE PERSON ONE VOTE. Do these ppl need to go back to school and learn simple addition? or do they think that we Iranians as a nation are so simple and unsophisticated that they can feed us any garbage and we will bow our heads and say nothing? The corrupt government of Iran needs to wake up and realize that this fight is not confined to the borders of Iran, it has spread world wide. This is not something they can brush under the "rug". We See it. Its time to clean house. long live the will of a nation the voice a people. peace and much love to all inside Iran.

from Tehran   June 18th, 2009 2:10 pm ET

we have no doubt about it..... the election was NOT fair, I saw all of the people who wanted to vote Mousavi, we were sure that he is our president but and now every body is shocked, please help us , we can't tell anybody anything, so many people died, please give us a hand, we all know that we vote mousavi but they read Ahmadinejad, there is no democracy... HELP US

Fahimeh   June 18th, 2009 3:04 pm ET

If you dont know it was fair or not, ask the people who live in IRAN who see how they changed the results. Have a look at the numbers they presented shows it was a big cheat!
A president with real 24 million votes doesnt need to shoot innocent people.

Borzu   June 18th, 2009 4:40 pm ET

We demonstrate every they on the streets of tehran until we drop down this liar man, ahmadinejad

mariakarimi   June 18th, 2009 5:09 pm ET

Could s.o. please tell me, if there was a time,
when there was an election in iran without fraud?
I mean during this 30 years under the islamic regime AND before that time.........

Shahin   June 18th, 2009 6:27 pm ET

I think that this crazy man(Ahmadinejad) is very similar with Josef Stalin.

Mostafa from Neyshabour   June 18th, 2009 8:47 pm ET

Thank you,
I hope all the world know the reality of our election. As all of you know, 85percent of our people have voted, However, where is our vote? It was not fair.

Alireza H   June 18th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

they insulted out intelligence . we did not write his dirty name on those papers. Ahmadinejad is a shame. He is not our president. he is a humiliation not only to us but also to humanity. no free country should recognize him and his administration.

Omid   June 18th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

The truth is Ahmadinejad has less than 15% popularity in Iran, and those minority are pretty much under the impression of his false claims because they have no access to any news other than IRIB TV.

mohammad   June 18th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Exactly as the minister announced the election results, the supreme leader ayatolah khamenei congratulated ahmadinejad congratulated ah,adinejad for his win with 24000000 vote. how is it possible for a person to write a letter in this short period of time?

shahrooz   June 18th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

I was one of Mr mousavi's representatives on one of polling places in ahvaz, they didn't allow me to be there when they were counting the votes.

Analysis   June 19th, 2009 12:32 am ET

I think it was unfair. Unfortunately, my English knowledge is not enough to express myself and my ideas very well, But Ahmadi nezhad and Sepah tried to make a fool out of people and neglect their vote (some kind of coup d’état). They pretend that they have count our votes very fast and then declared the results faster than any other elections ever held in Iran. Another reason is that because of the bad condition of welfare in Iran nobody was satisfied with Ahmadinezhad and his government. The third reason is that we are ashamed of having such president for the last four years. He is very weak in politics especially politics related to foreign countries; and some of the people protest to show that we are not satisfied with Ahmadinezhad's government; and whatever they do is not essentially reflection of what people in Iran think and believe that's true. The fourth reason is that almost all kind of media (like Internet, weblogs, TV, radio, mobile phone, SMS system) in Iran is very restricted and filtered or banned during last week. Whenever such behavior happens it means that the Government is scared of spreading knowledge between ordinary people and students in Iran (So we can conclude that something is going wrong and they try to make a situation nobody understands the truth).

ss_roody   June 19th, 2009 1:27 am ET

Of cours IT IS NOT FAIR,
he is absolutaley the wrong person
he , himself is the kiler.
it is the time for him to pay what he has done.

Irandoost   June 19th, 2009 2:35 am ET

I just traveled all over Iran before the election & did not even meet one person who liked Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad is hated throughout Iran & across the world.
Everybody was planning to vote against Ahmadinejad!!!!
Where is my vote?

Sam   June 19th, 2009 3:16 am ET

I beleive people from abroad should trust people in Iran not the goverment especially as they already proof over the decades that they are not telling the true and just supporting their own fenatic and narrowmind party which is Hezbollah and Ayatollah doesn't care about people nor thei rights,just about Islam and himself stay in power.Hopeully we will see free IRAN soon.

mehrnaz   June 19th, 2009 4:04 am ET

I am glad that the world knows about this regim in iran and how thay traet there peopel and i am very sad for our young sister and brouthers that geting haert or killed by this goverment.I hope all counterys stand by peopel of iran and let every iranian get there rights as a human bin .

Tamila   June 19th, 2009 4:42 am ET

Iran belongs to Iranian not Islamic Republic Of Iran and this is what the Iranian wants. They don't need a group of people rule the country which the majority want differently. They deserve to get their right. By the way, they don't need other minor groups from here and there take advantage and prescribe them what to do.
I love you Iran and our brave Iranian

maryam   June 19th, 2009 4:47 am ET

The election was not fair at all just like other political and social matters in Iran. This has to stop! We Iranians will not be silent this time and we will not let OTHERS to decide for us! We still have the blood of Darius in our veins.

Yoosef   June 19th, 2009 5:40 am ET

With all evidence that Iranian people have provided to the world there is no doubt that Ali Khamenei and this little dictator Ahmadinejad has cheated Iranian people and they have frauded people's votes. and they have done a stupid coup.
Mousavi is the real president of Iran.
Thanks CNN for their nice news coverage. Iranian people never forget you.

ellie   June 19th, 2009 6:11 am ET

Absolutely not fair. How could they find the result after 2 hours with Iran system of voting? This shows they already knew who they want as a president. The dictator for another 4 years.

SHAPOUR   June 19th, 2009 6:28 am ET


mojtaba   June 19th, 2009 7:27 am ET

They are big habitual liars, yes, we dont say ahmadinejad isnt president, we say its completely obvious that this result is made without counting. if they accept that, we take other steps. we , iranian students, never give up. they kill our friends in our dormitary at tehran university, but their friends are here.
regards to iranian

Alireza H   June 19th, 2009 7:39 am ET


Mathew Rahimi   June 19th, 2009 7:42 am ET

Iranian people deserve better than Ahmadi Nejad president

Azadeh   June 19th, 2009 7:49 am ET

Almost all people hate ahmadinejad. he hadn't even been elected in 2005. he cheated that time too.
He is a dictator, a brutal dictator. his allies attack people in the streets with axes and knives. they are so ruthless, help us get rid of him n khamenei.

Atefe   June 19th, 2009 7:52 am ET

it was not fair for sure! the result was rigged! it was a silent, unannounced coup d'etat! they want to ruin our life!

samin   June 19th, 2009 8:25 am ET

the truth of fraud in election is clear from the cell phones, being cut. from the local phones being cut during connt=ection. from the sites being filtered. from millions of people, shouting in street for their votes. from the bodies being killed because they wanted their right. from the journalists forced out of iran!

mehrak   June 19th, 2009 9:36 am ET

The governers especially the supreme leader want to show that our protest is influenced and guided by ENEMIES! esp. US.! I am 18years old, and it was the first time I voted hoping to witness peace and domocracy in the future Iran. I think there is no need to be under the influence of other countries, if someone can make simple calculations,he will find out the the result is not fair. I regret that I trusted them and voted.

ziba   June 19th, 2009 11:27 am ET

i think it was fair. i didnt vote to ahmadinejad and i dislike him but i know alot of people who vote him all over iran. people who say it was unfair may be think that iran is just tehran. i want to say that if even it was not fair it is not related to any other country to interfere in iranian people affairs. people of iran know how they can solve their problems. its non of your business.

Farshid   June 19th, 2009 11:55 am ET

i'm sorry for u Hala. here in iran they don't announce voices which are saying soomething except their will ,and you are doing that just show the messeges which are just saying something against gov or insulting gov and rejim.u and them both are not doing corroctly,because u are both doing with fanaticism.

Sara   June 19th, 2009 12:21 pm ET

i dont think ppl r fighting for re election , i think they want their freedom back and by this election it showed that they dont have the freedom of anything

hasan   June 19th, 2009 1:09 pm ET

hey! ahmadinejad! give back us our stolen votes, enough is enough!

amir   June 19th, 2009 2:15 pm ET

Let us be fair.
I believe Ahmadinejad had more votes in the first row but only enough to take the decision to ther second stage of election.
We all know he cleverly shifted the weight from big cities to the villages and small towns.
This is the key to his success.
Of course this could only be his, because no other candidate had the time, energy, facilities, nor the funds to do such a venture.
Again, he cheated but may be a little from each candidate.

Sara Sohrabi   June 19th, 2009 2:38 pm ET

There should be a re-election, with presence of International observers.

farkhondeh   June 19th, 2009 2:39 pm ET

i am an iranian woman . i always have witness all social and political activities. the people of iran proud of their islamic identities and their historical heritage ,and they never accept any discrimination and oppression by exertion of government, such as lies and cheating... and it is not acceptable by islam either. the recent election and the past few elections have been unjust , for example six years ago a candidate( haddad adel) that by cheating became the last elected person in the list of members of the parliament . in the elected candidate list he was 31 st , but by canceling fifteen boxes of election votes, he was substituted for another ( rajaeei) candidate who was 30st. and it is interesting that he became president of the parliament by force of iran 's leader. now is the same as before. the difference is this time Mousavi has come to stand for the people rights.we love him.

Asghar   June 19th, 2009 3:00 pm ET

I think behind the scences they are working on condomning and cheating people again. I love my country and at least 2 of my brothers and at 10 close relatives are serving for the goverment, but really non of us are happy with this government. They have cheated all especially poor people. I think they have misused the name of God and holy words just to save themselves.I think Mr Khamenei should be blamed for all these clashes not anyone else. Ahmadinajad is a lier but Mr Khamenei is really really a big lier.
An Iranian man from a small village.

mah   June 19th, 2009 4:26 pm ET

the stupid people think every body is as stupid as they are, iranians aren't fool,and they will fight for thier freedom and for sure they'ii get it back, DOWN WITH DICTATORS ALL AROND THE WORD

Heydar   June 19th, 2009 4:57 pm ET

Hi,i think it`s so obvious that election has become a strange name in Iran.Selection is definitly a better name.The leader said what happened during the election today and what he believes although most of Iranian people voted to some on else.

Nafiseh   June 19th, 2009 5:36 pm ET

I live in Tehran and I see what is happening to our people .. Most of the people hate ahmadi Nejad .. they has voted because they didn't want him to be president again .. Iranian people are always talking about political matters and they know lots of analysis about this election .. There is no acceptable reason for us to accept the result of this ellection .. Accepting this election as a fair one is impossible because with a simple survey you can see how our people hate ahmadi nejad. It is not a simple cheating. There are lots of political reasons that are hidden to ordinary people. I hope god help us to cope with all the problems.

Sh.S   June 19th, 2009 6:08 pm ET

Please pay attention to Irans people.We want """FREE IRAN""".
this election was a big cheat .

Sepid   June 19th, 2009 6:35 pm ET

It was a huge lie. A painful wound will remain on hearts of many iranian people if they don't change the situation. No one says that Ahmadi Nejad doesn't have any supporters among people, but his fans are certainly less than what they show in this election and that is the reason which blows up people.

Cia   June 19th, 2009 7:48 pm ET

Stop killing us. We just want to know where our votes are. We hate liar people. In their religion,Islam, lie is the biggest sin in the world, so stop deceiving us. Cancel this election. We just want a little bit of freedom.

Marmar   June 19th, 2009 8:02 pm ET

What good this poling would do to all those young Iranian's that are being killed as we speak !!!! NOTING ABOUT THIS GOVERNMENT AND THE REGIME IS RIGHT OR TRUE!!! NOTHING !!!! They even ruined the name of ISLAM !! Its sad but true ,until the western government want them to be there, they will be there, regardless of what The Iranians want !! NO TO THIS REGIME , NO TO THIS GOVERNMENT OR ANY RELIGIOUS GOVERNMENT !!! FREE IRAN !!


Mercedeh   June 19th, 2009 8:20 pm ET

I think it was unfair. Ahmadi nezhad and Khamenei tried to make a fool out of people and neglect their vote (some kind of coup d’état). They pretend that they have count our votes very fast and then declared the results faster than any other elections ever held in Iran. Another reason is that because of the bad condition of welfare in Iran nobody was satisfied with Ahmadinezhad and his government. The third reason is that we are ashamed of having such president for the last four years. He is very weak in politics especially politics related to foreign countries; and some of the people protest to show that we are not satisfied with Ahmadinezhad's government; and whatever they do is not essentially reflection of what people in Iran think and believe that's true. The fourth reason is that almost all kind of media (like Internet, weblogs, TV, radio, mobile phone, SMS system, newspapers, magazines) in Iran is very restricted and filtered or banned during last week. Whenever such behavior happens it means that the Government is scared of spreading knowledge between ordinary people and students in Iran (So we can conclude that something is going wrong and they try to make a situation nobody understands the truth).

shila   June 19th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

goodbye ahmadinejad! it's 9:30 here in tehran and you can't imagine hala! the voice of "alaho akbar is heard from all over tehran. people from they homes are shouting "alaho akbar"

Michael   June 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

No one knows for sure whether the election was fair or not. The only thing we know is that you can not count 42 millon hand written votes in less than a day.

Amirtous   June 19th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

I'm 70 years old and well experienced in the publick relationship of the Isghmic Government with the people. Islamic Government wants the people to do whater that government wants to be done, included all of its instructions. If the government notices that something has to be changed to save the government's benefits, it will be done regardless of the wants and the votes of the people of Iran. That is why that the counts of the votes of the people won't match with the counts of the real people who voted for any body who government does not want him. The Iranian people have been so soft at the votting time, except this time that they are asking, Wher is my Vote?

Sara   June 19th, 2009 11:18 pm ET

Ahmadinejad is not my president.

Farhad   June 20th, 2009 1:24 am ET

Only Green Man = Mir Hossein Mousavi
Ahmadi nejad is steal we votes
Mir Hossein Mousavi Have 50 Million Supporter in Iran .

Asal   June 20th, 2009 2:27 am ET

"Ahmadi Nejad President of Iran"
Is it a joke or some thing? The biggest lie in Persian history!
In this election extra 20 million people voted whom didn't vote for presidential election 4 years ego.
Do you know why? Just to say a big "NOOOOO" to ahmadi nejad and they want to have their votes counted.

maryam   June 20th, 2009 2:44 am ET

To Mr. David Boldman:
I am not agreed with you at all.
If he was really elected by people by 65% of the votes, then what is the point of running Coup in Iran?
Based on his own statistic 65% of Iranians must back him up and celebrate his presidency! Then why he is killing them on the street?
Also there is a minority of votes went toward the other 3 candidates,
why is he so afraid of the minority of Iranians? why he banned the international journalist from reporting Iran's situation?
Why they filtered satelite, internet, disabled SMS and mobile connection?
It was notthing to do with US or Wester Democracy.
Iranians were fed up of Ahmadi Nejad and his irresponsible acts as Persident of Iran.
During the last 4 years, the oli price were doubled compared to Khatami's time. It must have lead to a better life style for Iraninans.
But during Ahmadi nejad time, he messed up the whole country by spending the Iranian oil money on war in Lebenon, Iraq, Israel.
That is why in this year's election the majority of Iranian voted to make sure he won't be elected for the next round.

Esmail   June 20th, 2009 4:20 am ET

The participation was great, but the votes were hijacked!!!!!

sahar   June 20th, 2009 4:26 am ET

Iran president election is ridiculous.

Mahmood   June 20th, 2009 5:03 am ET

The Islamic regime is decisive in eradicationg the little hopes for democracy by reelecting the Fascist Ahmadinejad. He is not elected by a fair voting system but by Ayatollah Kahmenei and with support of Revolutionary military Guard.

Cristina Penescu   June 20th, 2009 5:59 am ET

I went with my boyfriend so he could vote at the polling location in West Los Angeles at Westin hotel on Century Blvd. When we arrived there Mahmood Ahmadinejad was already pronounced the next president of Iran by IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency). My boyfriend voted for Mousavi anyway so that there would be one more vote that did not go to Ahmadinejad. How can the election be fair when the winner was announced before voting was even over and counted?

Neda   June 20th, 2009 7:11 am ET

NO This election was not fair

Morteza   June 20th, 2009 7:23 am ET

I am an Iranian and I beleive in democracy. Unfortunately, we have Leadership/dictatorship system in Iran who decide eveything for the nation. We are 100% sure of fraud in this election and we will fight until we get our rights. We expect US and European governments to impose further santions on Iranian govt. in order for them to follow the human rights and accept re-election.

(Please keep my name confidential)

Freedom   June 20th, 2009 7:34 am ET

I am an Iranian woman. When the revolution happened I was a young girl who was participating in demostrations at that time.I have lived 30 years under Islamic regime , during these 30 years, I have seen many tribble events such as executions, war and unfair rules against women.
Before this recent election, I was hopefull that a better lifestyle might come in our country . But at present, I fell that all those nice dreams of mine have been ruined. So my only hope now is that the people of the world can hear my voice.

Samiramiss   June 20th, 2009 7:44 am ET

Civil Disobedience:

As everyone knows the status in Tehran is like this:
Although BBC is filtered, Persian VOA and CNN are the only news channels which I can watch them now.
We can not use our cellphones in the afternoon, most of websites which can inform us about what is going on are filtered (thanks god for some Antifilter Softwares), it's the same for messenger that was a good tool for me to inform my friends, and at nights the whole town is placed under curfew, they ask you where have you been and where are you going to, they checkup you and your car.
Calling abroad is another problem, some problems has occurred these days.
As an Iranian, which has born in 1979, between the people who I know, I even have not seen at least one person who is satisfied with this Rejime and it's people.
We do not want people to be killed anymore, so what's the solution? Are we prisoners here? Should we get disappointed? I myself won't, we will continue our protests, it's very good that the world is watching us, we need it, we want our rights, so it's better to continue our Civil Disobedience: Silent March, shouting from our windows at 9, 10 and 11 PM.

Ali K   June 20th, 2009 7:45 am ET

It is NOT fair because of two main reasons:
1. Even if we believe that Mr. Ahmadinejad has won the game, we CANNOT call it democracy, cause more than 50 % of the Iranian have access to no more media than so-called NATIONAL media, all channels supporting the president. Everything on this broadcasting is a shame. Also the two of best seller newspapers are Iran & Keyhan, two fascist newspapers lying all the time.
2. As all know, 85% of people have voted; it means that they wanted some change. I myself know about a hundred people who have voted for the first time in the past 15 years; all (except two) have voted for popular candidate Mr. Mousavi. So how can this happen that the rival wins with 11 M (about 30% of all voters) more votes? There are many unanswered questions about this selective election assuring every open-minded that it was a real FRAUD.

Ped   June 20th, 2009 7:54 am ET

How it could be fair ,when all news websites are filter here ,
Did you know is blocked by the regime ?
Pedi from Tehran

nazanin   June 20th, 2009 8:39 am ET

of course it was unfair, no one vote a lier, if they are right they can ask again under a loyal supervision inorder to prove it's aquracy to the world.

sama   June 20th, 2009 8:53 am ET

It was not fair at all!

They rig the results of the poll clearly

Our countrymen are killing very easily at streets because of our protest

Our websites have been blocked

Our cell phones have been cut

We can not send any text messages

We’ve never felt so humiliated

What can we call it except that FELONY and DICTATORSHIP

mohsen   June 20th, 2009 8:58 am ET

it was not fair, but not because that we suspect or know that there was widespread cheating, but because the winning candidate had the monopolized media outlets like the national tv backing him and showing much more than they should have. also he used taxpayers money for his election campaigns. now, vote rigging, i simply do not know, but i do know that among the people i am around me ahmadinejad was definitely in minority.

kevin   June 20th, 2009 9:00 am ET

Ahmadinijad file is close for iranian people.He is a cheater ,liar and a feroce dictator.we want democracy and freedom

Hasan   June 20th, 2009 9:14 am ET

Hello everybody
It was not only fair election at all, but also it is a criminal dictatoril election !
The world should know that if Iranian people couldn't reach to a good result in this aspect, the world will meet new Taliban with new dangerous nuclear weapons...!
So PLEASE help us , but not only for us, but for the world saving . . .

Nazanin   June 20th, 2009 10:14 am ET

We are ready to die today we will go on our protest and nothing can stop us.
See you all in another world.

Ali   June 20th, 2009 10:14 am ET

Our votes are stolen and we have no doubt about it.

Our Evidance is on our streets. I do not think that any one with common sense needs more evidance than the huge crowd who risk their lives to protect their votes.
But in case you need more evidance, how come in 70 areas the total number of votes are more than population of that area? and oddly in all of those areas Ahmadinejad is elected by 80 or 90 percent votes!!
How come other condidates were do not elected even in their home town? Karoubi defeated Ahmadinehad in his hometown 4 years a go with 5 times more votes. Now his votes are only one tent (1/10) of Ahmadinejads. If the election was fair why they arranged an army parade right on the day of annoncement? why they cut off the mobile network , filtered internet and arrested political leaders. It was a coup.
Please please help peaple of Iran. We are not the evil ani-westerners Ahmadinejad likes to pretend. We hate him.

rudy   June 20th, 2009 10:37 am ET

i yhnk it was fair election from what i hav heard president ahmedinjad gave lots of attention to rural ppl which account for a big its fair that he won...and about the opposition "COME ON"ALL LOSERS CRY FOUL.............ITS HUMAN NATURE......SO LET MR AHMEDINJAD RULE HIS PPL.....THE OPPOSITION S JUS VENTING THEIR ANGER AT LOOSING OUT.....THATS IT................

where is my vote?!   June 20th, 2009 11:01 am ET

It`s June the 20th.the police forces & basij & hezbolah are trying to avoid the people to gathering in enghelab square.they are hiting the people by nightstick & tow & knife.they are too many...

shahin   June 20th, 2009 11:11 am ET

today we will write the islamic,no republic,just free iran.

Hassan Morovati   June 20th, 2009 2:29 pm ET

Ahmadinejad is a shame for us!
We, we the Iranians, did our best to make reforms by casting our votes in a democratic way!
Unfortunately, the tyrannic regime of Iran has blocked all ways which leaves us no other way but a revolution!

Morteza   June 20th, 2009 3:06 pm ET

Please be updated that demonstration is going on in Azadi Street. Police is using tear gas and water canon agains demostrators. We in Iran have no aceess to BBC Persian or VOA persian. I watch CNN and Algezira English to know what's happnening in Iran.

The difference of the rallies and demonstrations this time in comparison with 30 years ago is that it was a religous revolution 30 years ago, but it is a democratic movement now. Supportes of Mousavi are almost all educated persons.

I wish this movement will lead to a free Iran.

(Please keep my name confidential)

Mattias   June 20th, 2009 3:46 pm ET

This islamic regime has killed and tortured millions of people around the world in the last past 30-years period. Using islamic flag they have done many actions which hurt different nations. they do not shame and they will do it again not only with their own people but also with other nations. They have to stopped and it is the right time to let the whole world know that the world will not accept such dictatorship ...
viva freedom
viva a free world

ghazaleh   June 20th, 2009 4:16 pm ET

I and millions of other people BELIEVE that it has not been fair at all! the announced results are rediculous! I have trusted information that they even haven't counted the votes. the figures were known one month before the election, hamid rasai (one of the persons in election group) has declared one month before the election. they even hasn't changed the figures. Ahmadinejad were supposed to have 24 millions of votes to break the record of president Khatami, and hence pretend that he is more popular in Iran that Mr. Khatami was, which we all know is totally false! this is just a game of power, not between ahmadinejad and mousavi, but between khamenei (our supreme leader) and Hashemi Rafsanjani (the head of experts group) who believes is in the same rank in power as Khamenei. but Khamenei wants to DELETE all those who threaten his power (Rafsanjani is one of them), and it was obvious in his Friday speech. he threatened Mr. Rafsanjani's children and family and friends... it's a long long long story, beyond the space given here. this was just to tell the reality beyond this elections for those non-Iranians who MAY not be familiar with the history of Iran's politics.

Nadia   June 20th, 2009 4:31 pm ET

To all people of the world:

The biggest problem at Iran is limited communication channels for getting and sending all news about attacks to protesters by the forces of Khamenehee as the supreme leader of Islamic regime at Iran.
Please help us to be able to show our people's request of revoking this incorrect election.

We are waiting for your help to reach to our legal rights.

nazanin V   June 20th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

im here with all the people in this demonstration i see things with my eyes,i love IRAN it shouldnt get seperated, we dont need any international help. we can make it on our own! we're just loosing people. and dont want to lose anymore.the thing that hurts me most is that these Mullahs are just playing with our feelings, they create a situation and let us vote, after that they disregard and disvalue our rights as a human beings who are able to make wise decisions.

Mike   June 20th, 2009 5:47 pm ET

The Russian angel: Te two countries that will most benefit from Iran being in continuous advaserial reationship with the West are Russia and China. Ahmadinejad's first trip after the election was to Russia to discuss strategies to confront opposition. Russians are expert at this. If Iran elected a reformist, and not just any reformist but someone like Mousavi with some backbone and huge followings, as president and builds new relationship with the West, Russia stands to lose big in influence and economic windfall. Russians cannot compete with the US and others when it comes to infrastrcuture and other critical projects. Chinese need Iranian oil and they hold Iran an ace in the hole against the US in international arena. The authroities knew way ahead of time that Mousavi was going to win. The mulahs are trained in negotiating strategies and how to best counter opposition. One such strategy is to use very big lies as they have in the election process. They knew the issue would much more hotly contested if they said Mousavi lost by a small margin. They also knew they could not afford the election to go to runoff if Ahmadinejad scored less than 51% of rthe vote. There is not doubt they stuufed the ballots.

Oluyemisi Alatise   June 20th, 2009 6:39 pm ET

The disparity of the figures scored by the winning party is clearly obvious that they won. Someone has to lose and someone has to win. The losing party should be galant with their loss and allow for peace. The winner has a clear lead in the election

Hossein   June 20th, 2009 7:19 pm ET

Hi, No one can believe that this stupid president has been chosen by people's votes! Of course this election was unfair and they wanted to use our votes as a show, but they forgot there is Iran!

Pejman   June 20th, 2009 7:29 pm ET

It does not have anything to do with US government. I am telling you there are some specific ways for you guys to tell if it was fair or not. Green front was initiated by majority of folks who by the way constitutes the most population of the country. 90% of Iranian young people despise Ahmadi nejad and demand reforms. How could he has 10 million more votes? Furthermore, why would a fair government battles its people right after the election and arrest most of the reformists and young people? They have 62% of the people right? why are they afraid of? People protests? which people? Where are Ahmadi's Supporters? why would they wanna disconnect text messaging systems and cell phones the night before election since now! why would they wanna kick out foreign journalists not to monitor the incidents? Furthermore, people had never protested in the streets since 1979. People did not have the gut to do so! but this time they got so angry of being manipulated by an undemocratic governments. Why are you connecting everything with US policy? Cant you see brutality of this government towards their own people? Stoning women, killing journalists, backing terrorists. I want you to broaden your ideas beyond shallow judgments!

Nasser   June 20th, 2009 7:35 pm ET

It definitetely is unfair. Why wouldn't they allow a re-polling? Why won't they allow peaceful demonstrations? You should have seen how they were slaughtering people with swords in Enghelab sq. today (Friday, June 21). How they were shooting poor people who have no other way of expressing their dissatisfaction. Why do you think they banned foreign journalists? For the sole reason of being able to supress the demonstrations anyway they desired. There were more IRCGs than normal people in the streets today. The leader and Ahmadinejad are definitely excellent actors. They can act better than any Hollywood actor. No wonder so many people outside believe them. You cannot know unless you live in Iran and see the paradoxes.

Hamed   June 20th, 2009 7:52 pm ET

For god's sake...we in iran have got no communicating devices to tell the world about the killing being done in iran...the government is killing almost every one who protests...Help us to tell the world that what the hell is going on here

Mercedeh   June 20th, 2009 7:58 pm ET

ABOUT SATURDAY 88/3/30 or 20-june-2009
Tehran today was a real chaos.
I have never seen such scenes even in TV before.
There were lots of counter strike soldiers in Enghelab square and they attack everyone even when crossing the street. We couldn't stand in Enghelab street anymore, so we moved toward Tohid square. The people (protesters) fired two bus near Tohid square. The situation in Tehran is not tolerable at all. They will attack and if you persist they will arrest you or even may kill you. They are all really wild and dangerous.
Down to AhmadiNezhad. The biggest liar and dictator ever in history.

rahim   June 20th, 2009 8:25 pm ET

To all people of the world:

The biggest problem at Iran is limited communication channels for getting and sending all news about attacks to protesters by the forces of Khamenehee as the supreme leader of Islamic regime at Iran.
Please help us to be able to show our people’s request of revoking this incorrect election.

Bahareh Kamoei   June 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

First of all I want to thank CNN for covering this historical Iranian event so extensively.

The Iranian people have been restricted for so many years and now, the youth is collectively standing up against this illegitimate regime and what they need is great support from the international community. People are risking their lives to demonstrate their desire for a free nation. People all around the world can now differentiate the passionate Iranian people from the invalid Iranian government.

Amazinghopeful   June 21st, 2009 12:06 am ET

There is no doubt the election has been unabashedly rigged. There is too much circumstancial evidence verifying my claim. However, I have one concrete example indicating the government's blatant involvement in tampering the votes of the people. In Iranain state television in chanel 6, there was a continous coverage of the election results. Ironically there was a gradual shrinkage in the number of Mr. Rezaei's votes. At 09:47 a.m. local time, his tally amounted to 633048, but after about 4 hours, his tally diminished to 587913. Go figure. Fortunately' it had been clumsily executed. You can also check it in Mr. Rezaei's website.
By the way, Iranians are shrewd and broad-minded enough not to elect a stupid president like Ahmadinezhad.

Atta   June 21st, 2009 3:19 am ET

It obviously is a great cheat. Iranian people are simply right so that they demonstrate their opinion and their vote at streets as well as through the media over the Internet. The supreme leader in Iran divulged his real face on his own this very Friday show off and approved the recent election as a matter of ripping off. As a matter of fact, the outcome of this presidency election in Iran is UNFAIR.

saeid   June 21st, 2009 4:08 am ET

Hi I think it aws only an unbeliveable joke. Mr. Ahmadijejad thinks Iranian people are as stupid as himself!!

Saeed   June 21st, 2009 4:58 am ET

as long as I know and saw during the election day , the majority of people were came to make a real change, every one believed that Mosavi will win, because people demanded for, many people hate Ahmadinejad here, he is a shameless liar, has mischievous thoughts, although he claims for justice but he is the big violator of rules. supreme leader has misused our votes to show off. who supports his evil deeds.

mehri   June 21st, 2009 6:56 am ET

may we have true election not, in force selection.
democracy is a play in Iran.
may Iran be a free land one day.

erfan   June 21st, 2009 6:59 am ET

it's clear, fair

mehdi   June 21st, 2009 7:02 am ET

Hi every dear realistic people around the world

I appriciate every one's reasons that it was a fraud, but to those who doubt it, I just say that HOW COMES A NATURAL LIAR TELLS THE TRUTH THIS TIME? specially when it's the matter of his most interest in the world: ABSOLUTE POWER!! specially when he has the most dishonorable powerful supports! (& it's a proven fact that he's a liar, like existence of days & nights!!)
We knew that even before the election, we could smell the fraud from the beginning, but we were just trying to prevent it by participating so wildly that they couldn't dare to cheat!!! but they cheated more this time!
To those who connect the whole story to western countries: you might be right but you can't answer our simple question: WHERE IS MY VOTE?
you can't answer bcoz you don't live in Iran, otherwise you could profoundly feel the smell of betraying by your flesh & blood!! betraying of your own govt to you, directly, every day, loud & clear...

OHHHH our national medias (=govt medias) are so disgusting liars!

Jason   June 21st, 2009 7:16 am ET


Kouros   June 21st, 2009 8:01 am ET

If the Election is Fair and 24 Millions votes to Ahmadinajad is true, so who are these million protesters demonestrating in all parts of Iran (specially in Tehran) and why the gov'ment is beating, arresting, and killing people in streets? and how such a restrictions will be reasonable where the majority is in positive side? if the Election was fair people themselves control the protesters (like khatami Elections 1997 & 2001).

Sepideh   June 21st, 2009 8:12 am ET

Ahmadinejad is a big LIAR! Iranian nation deserve a better president. He is not in his right position. Even being a mayor was too much big for him. Please put him at his right place.

Arash   June 21st, 2009 8:38 am ET

In my view the matters are very simple. If there was a cheating in the election result, then all these people protesting are absolutely right to do what they are doing and must not hold back. I have seen people even on the conservative side who admit there were cheating. They claim their friends at the poles seen that. I never believed these guys who are my neighbours and I presumed they would vote to Ahmadinejad would say these things. So I feel I am slowly becoming convinced that there were some fraud.

journalist   June 21st, 2009 9:08 am ET

how many people were killed by goverment?God knows, mr raadan told to police (niroye entezami)to hit every body in front and On Iran news they call protesters"ruffians" thank you so much ,only CNN tell the trust ,

Nima   June 21st, 2009 9:39 am ET

I'm Living In Iran/Tehran And Seeing All Happening Around Ourselves.
Unfortunately There Is Dictatory System in Our Country Which Statemen Call It "Freedom & Democracy"!!!
This Scandal (skulduggery) Is Done Becuase Just 1 Person Decides In Democracy System!! For 70 Million People.
We Are Stranger In Our Country & Home, Just Speak Farsi... It's So Painful....
Who Answers Innocent Killed Young Boys & Girls' Families????
God Help Us.....

Nazi   June 21st, 2009 10:01 am ET

Of course ,it was not fair!This regim do not know anything about justice and fairness...This protest is an old wound which is been sored again.We can not tell lie to ourseleves anymore.

rojan   June 21st, 2009 10:10 am ET

The incumbent president used every source available to bribe people, cheated in small and big cities, and now kills to stay in
power. He is a puppet.

mani   June 21st, 2009 10:34 am ET

The time has come for these Satanic forces to get exposed to the world .God will punish them for what they have done to my country and to my people.

Sam   June 21st, 2009 10:43 am ET

The unfair reaction of Iranian Government is a proof that it was not fair.They want to force people to accept it was fair .

sadaf   June 21st, 2009 10:54 am ET

please help us
we need the world help today more than ever...ahmadinejad is a real psychotic person...he is the world new taliban with nuclear weapon...he is really really dangerus for all the world...he has all the criterias for "schizophrenia"...he can see the aureole around himself,he has the paranoidal delusions that think the american people want to kill him,he thinks that he is the leader of all moslems in the world and he can conquer all moslems in the world( grandiosity delusion),so he supports felestin and lubnan people. please help us .all social networks are filtered in iran so we can not say our legal rights.our hands are completly empty,but with these empty hans we are trying to save our beautiful IRAN.

Ali   June 21st, 2009 11:24 am ET

OK, think and rethink, let us assume Ahmadinejad really had the most votes. Why did the "supreme leader" not make any attempts to double check the votes? Why was the IRI able to count 40 million votes within a few hours, but recounting parts of them would take days?

Why was the minister, who published the true vote results killed in an accident???

The people of Iran did not want a revolution initially, they justed wanted to have the selected person as their president. Mr. Khamenei, if he was wise, could have kept his reign by simply accepting Mousavi as his president. He did allow him to participate as a candidate in the elections any ways. The question is, why did the supreme leader insist on Mr. Ahmadinejad being the president and this is it???? There are many answers to this question. The supreme leader is the commander of all troups of Iran. I allow myself to interprete the reelection of Mr. Ahmadinejad as a result of some secret plans, eventually plans which intend hurting Israel. Probably Mr. Ahmadinejad already knows the details, but a new president such as Mousavi would probably not be suitable for such actions. This is what I believe.

The votes have been manipulated. The population of Iran was about 33 million in 1979. After 30 years the population has grown to about 72 millions. This means that more than 50% of the population of Iran is under the age of 30!

So many Iranians went to the polls to prevent Ahmadinejad being elected again. During the four years of his empowerment, the inflation has been the highest in the last 30 years, living is hardly possible. People wanted to change the situation, this is the reason why people wen to the polls.

mary   June 21st, 2009 11:34 am ET

we believe that our election was fair

tannaz   June 21st, 2009 11:52 am ET

This monkey is not the one that we voted,nobody voted him but the main dictator selected him to BE our president,please let the world know it was not an election it was a selection!

amir   June 21st, 2009 12:07 pm ET

We are defenceless in Iran, people face with armed militia while they have no sin but requesting freedom. World must see these crimes of Regime, and help us.

Sami   June 21st, 2009 12:29 pm ET

If the election was fair and square they had nothing to lose and would organise another one. They know very well the result was a big lie, good job they consider themselves as believers!! They don't knw God at all..

shahram   June 21st, 2009 12:34 pm ET

Where is my vote?
Ahmadinijad file is close for iranian people.He is a cheater ,liar and a feroce dictator.we want democracy and freedom. He kill Iranian people and now who can help us???

SJ   June 21st, 2009 12:50 pm ET

I really don't know what to say, not because there is nothing to tell but... how can I cope with this tear?! Yeah, it was a fair election!! So-called President Ahmadinejad needed to prove that he's popular, Supreme Leader wanted to run a show to prove that Iranians love the regime he is representing and.... so, they held a fair election. People were free to vote for whomever they liked, but they are not free to make sure that they votes really count!

farzad   June 21st, 2009 3:15 pm ET

let,s find out the relation between this regim and quantity of weapons that has been sold to arab countries mostl y i ran,s neighbors and its hard for me to believe that a country in position of united states has no information about the blood shedding in iran these people are supressed by this regim for 30 years and i see how other people of world act to us they think we are terrorist but they don,t know how much we hate this fundamental islamic groups our country has been occupied by this regim they dont care about iran and iranian people i wish president obama wasan of act because this is the best situation for helping us please help us they are killing our people without mercy

Faramarz   June 21st, 2009 4:02 pm ET

The election was not surprising,because Ahmadi Nezhad has lots of fans outside Tehran,but the issue is the demonstration,people attact un-armed army and armed army attact people,we are coming back to past.

ramin   June 21st, 2009 5:07 pm ET

the recent election and the events that followed were not an isolated case of the Islamic Republic cheating Iranians out of their most basic rights, they were a part of what's been going on for the last 30 years with the difference that this time the people had just had enough. it was the last straw. we just couldn't take it any more...

Cz   June 21st, 2009 5:49 pm ET

I urge you to review history, to learn from it ...To not repeat it....
From changeze khan to Churchil to Eisenhower to Bush
The term "islamic republic" defies all logic. Democracy and religion equal corruption. Very sad to have witnessed the pain of a nation's demise for thirty years. again, Let's remember history, Iran has always been under the contol of the british first and then the americans. President carter's limited worldview was yet another historically severe blow to iran. Intentionally orchestrating the return of religious fundementalists to overthrow a corrupt corrupt leader should be considered a crime because it is an attempt to set a nation back by enforcing primitive religious laws while destroying it's existing growth. So, this regime is yet another picture of corruption. Who is really in charge?

Ario   June 21st, 2009 6:09 pm ET

Now Iranian streets are rather battlefields. Protesters in Tehran outnumber 2,000,000 -with all that arm's brutality- although the government has announced Mr. Mousavi's votes to be only 2,100,000 in Tehran. How can such thing be possible?

Hossein   June 21st, 2009 6:29 pm ET

Iranian election is rigged by hard lineer's and mullah.The Iranian leader and intelligent service had plotted this conspiracy since three month befor election. In Iran there is no democracy just a Theocracy.
Recent massacre of of our compatriots showed the world true color of the current tyrannic regime.
It is the first time that Iranian need most the world’s support for their peacefull will. over 200 people have been killed in Tehran because They want they vote back

fariba   June 21st, 2009 8:34 pm ET

That was the most stupid and unfair one ever!! That's the dictatorship regime, what are you expect?!

bignkeng   June 21st, 2009 8:46 pm ET

Hi CNN are you people now the mouth of the opposition in Iran yesterday you people reported that Mr Mousavi said he is ready for martyrdom but today one of his aids Mr Qorban Behzadianejab said to the AP that , that statement was inaccurate and CNN has not correct that statement and today i see old video of yesterday been repeated today as been taken today that is deception.

alireza   June 21st, 2009 8:52 pm ET

ahmadinejad is a big cheater . he steal our votes

Ardesheer   June 21st, 2009 10:22 pm ET

The most obvious thing that proved the election was not fair was "Karubi's vote".

We are sure that he at least had 5,000,000 votes but they said that it was 250,000!

sara   June 22nd, 2009 3:36 am ET

it is fair, of course.just the enemies want to show it isn't to cover the reality . ahmadinejad is the best one he never do wrong.

Fereshteh   June 22nd, 2009 5:46 am ET

This question is a joke. How can election be fair in a dictatorship? I do not understand why they even bother. Remember there used to be election in Iraq too and Saddam always got 99% of the votes. It is the same in Iran. Let's not pretend we do not know.

titi   June 22nd, 2009 5:55 am ET

we believe There are a lot of reasons why the election was fair.

Rahman   June 22nd, 2009 7:49 am ET

Ahmadinezhad affiliated to one thought and school that they don't believe the people's right to vote and they think that they better recognize what is good for people.

Mohammad   June 22nd, 2009 8:05 am ET

It is hard to say if the election was fair or not. All depends on how one define the fairness. At the time of election, I was in Tehran and I voted for Mosavi. However, l know Ahmadinejad was working on his re-election, very hard, from the time he was elected 4 years ago.

We have to keep in mind that Iran is not only Tehran. Yeas, there is no question that Mr. Mosavi got almost all the votes in Tehran. However, one can be certain that Mr. Ahmadinejad got most of the votes in other cities, smaller towns and vilages throught Iran.

If you ask me, did he manipulated the people and the system to get the votes, than, I would say yes he did manipulated the people and he manipulated them "Big Time!"

Mohsen Sajedi   June 22nd, 2009 9:24 am ET

I think it was Definitely fair and 24/5milion people vote for Dr. Ahmadinejad
we love him and we all support him forever...

Mastaneh   June 22nd, 2009 10:57 am ET

I hate Khamenei & Ahmadinejad and their dictatorship. I strongly wish thier collaps.

Cyrus   June 22nd, 2009 11:40 am ET

are ther any ambiguity in fraud in elections!!!!!!!???????I don't think so ... if they were right and were sure everything had been done corrrectly without any wrong action they would have definitly made a huge montain out of it and would let world come and see the voting boxes. this is the business they had done in the past election but this time it was not such a sweet bite .. the consequences of the blood sheding will not leave them until taking them to justice. I am sure about it. long live Iran

reza   June 22nd, 2009 11:47 am ET

We Iranians want to have a new election without ahmadinejad.
Re-Election is the best solution.

H. Vignon   June 22nd, 2009 1:36 pm ET

Do you know that Hugo Chavez has send hundreds of venezuelian mercenaries to Iran to kill the opposition protesters. They're the Basidjis, Khamenei's police with permit to kill. There are also mercenaries from Afghanistan and Palestine.
Please tell President Obama that he has to ask the Iranian army and the Iranian police to get on the opposition side. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THE SLAUGHTER IN THE COMING DAYS.
This has worked in the beginning of the revolution and will surely work now. Iranian soldiers and policemen are very poor while the Basidjis are paid a big some of money. This is one of the reasons for which they hate the Basidjis and will be really happy to get rid of them.
Khamenei doesn't trust the army nd the police and has put a large number of spies among them. Obama should find who among the heads of the army in Iran he can get in touch with.
The kamikaz in Khamenei's shrine was Palestinian; his family touched 150000 $. If he was Iranian he would have had blasted himself during the Friday prayer!
Thank you Hala

Pari   June 22nd, 2009 2:15 pm ET

This wasn't an election, it was definitly a selection. They want to continue their dictatorship with any price and that's why this time they even didn't pretend that it was a fair election( although they say, they try less to appear fair and calm).
I thank CNN a lot for this wide covering of news about Iran.

Mehrad   June 22nd, 2009 2:25 pm ET

I wonder why the British have never been annoyed in Iran. Even when they talk against the corrupted Iranian government, you never hear "Down with England"!!!
They have very kindly cut off the American's feet from Iran and never ever had any problem with the mollahs; even Prince Charles had tea with Khamenei sitting on his carpet.
The British gov. was the one who decided that Khomeini should replace the Shah and then they asked Carter to help them. Mr. Giscard D'Estaign also helped Khomeini to come to Iran How come that only the French and the Americans were banned from Iran after the revolution.
The English were American's best ally in Iraq, why didn't they get killed by the Iraqis but the American soldiers got killed by thousands.
I tell you that they're still the best friends and supporters of mollahs. They just have to show to President Obama and Europeans that they're on the good side. President Obama should know that one should never trust an English. They have prouved it during world's history.
Do you really think that one day the Iranian students dared to go and kidnap the American employees in their embassy? So naive!!!
This was the only way to terrorise the naive America and cut his foot off from Iran. Since then the best friend of America (the British) have stayed in Iran, peacefully, and continue to suck Iran's oil without any one on their way. They know that Iranians prefer Americans and that if they let the Americans come back to Iran it would be the end of their best allies (mollahs) who have been sharing Iran's wealth with them since so many years.
Where is Mr. Carter now. I hope that President Obama will repair the horrible betraying Carter did to Iranians.

Farhad   June 22nd, 2009 2:42 pm ET

I'd like to make it clear for the whole world that when they see a giant assembly gathered around Khamenei when he wants to make a speach it's another big fraud.

Those poor people who follow like sheep are collected by hundreds of buses in the south of Tehran every time that Khomeini needs to show off. They're all paid a sum of money and given a package with food for a day and then taken to the place where they have to show up.

The only real gathering is now and it concerns the oppositionw. The real Iranians who beleive in justice and human rights.

Erica   June 22nd, 2009 4:15 pm ET

I believe the situation Iranians are facing today is very disturbing and sad. American government should be more proactive. People in Iran need the world's help. They are empty handed and Basiji's are butchering them like crazy. Iranians asking for their rights and freedom. Ahmadinejad is a lier who supports terrorists and is a big threats to the world. His power needs to be taken away!
This regim is currupted and any negotiation is useless. Please do something about this situation. Help Iranians to overcome the government's dictatorship and middleast plus the rest of the world stays in peace.

azade   June 22nd, 2009 6:24 pm ET

It was truly the worse terrible crime ever!!
People were really angry and they have voted to "change" the terrible situation we faced here in IRAN after Mr AhmadiNejad ,specially regarding the women problems!! ,,but they have falsify the election and changed our votes!
They are killing us!!!
I belive that western countries who belive in human rights must not accept Mr AhmadiNejad as president elected and must not bay Oil from Iran.The have to close the iranian embassies round the world so the rejim would be as isolated as ever!

Also I belive that CNN and Euronews and BBC should give informations about this situation...Because Radical Islam is really a terrible problem and people in other countris must be aware about what we face in Iran because of an ISlamic Rejim.

shooshoo   June 22nd, 2009 9:08 pm ET

All I am 100% sure, this regime should go, regardless!!!!

Deldadeh   June 22nd, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Not only Presidential Election was not Fair and we named it SELECTION, but, the whole systems of the government are contrary to justice.
This Election broadly showed the people of the world that Nobody expect justice from Dictators.
I'm an Iranian and I live in Iran.

Majid   June 22nd, 2009 11:07 pm ET

I lived in USA during the 1979 so called CIA made revolution in Iran. I was in USA during the 1991 Persian Gulf War and 2003 Iraqi invasion. I saw the MISINFORMATION used by USA and its allies for all the above occasions.WMD HUMAN RIGHTS ETC.I believe Mr. Obama and the powerful lobby that got him elected does not want change in Iran in order to use Ahamdinejad's stupid comments to suppress or get people's minds off atrocities committed in other parts of the middle east. Shame on you Mr. President, is this why you are silent???? Remember Iranians did not need Obama to evict Macedonians, Mongols and Arabs and will remove a few Lice infested Mullas on their own. It may take time but this is the end of clergy in Iran. Cyrus sleep well your children will rise again

soho   June 22nd, 2009 11:31 pm ET

Fair has no meaning in Islamic goverment dictionary. This election was icing on a cake to show people around the world what kind of animal they are,actualy animals are more respacted thae these killers.

ali   June 23rd, 2009 3:17 am ET

the vote is not fair and is completely false. there is no way you can count all those votes in less than a day which is counted by hand .

Payam   June 23rd, 2009 5:53 am ET

It was not fair. One candidate was open-handed to do anything with the vote in and "Unveiled Secrecy" leading to overt fraud; I think the good thig was that this is now spread worldwide that the current president is not Iran's president ; that makes US. EU and other western countries to announce the non-officialty of him.

I mean they should be isolated and not entered in worldwide summit even the UN premise; this is the least demand of Iranians within Iran like me.

This man is selected and introduced in a fully sham election scenarioed by the Supreme Leader, who is seeking for a non-limited power to kick-out Hashemi and other reformists protected by majority of people.

Nina Azad   June 23rd, 2009 6:20 am ET

what can I say, all around the world see... where is my vote????

irandikht   June 23rd, 2009 6:38 am ET

i didnt vote becuase 100% know that they are going to cheat howewer
it finished an they stole my pepole votes . but after that why and how dear to call us with that word ? how they can think like that about us? konw i shot and want my and iranians freedom plz wacht us follow us and just about what happend in iran during last 30 years

sasan   June 23rd, 2009 6:48 am ET

viva freedom.please help us.they are killing iranians.

Mia   June 23rd, 2009 6:50 am ET

Is anybody here?Does anybody listen?..He will ruin us...We dont want him again ..we said it by our blood..please spread it all over the world ..we dont want him ..he was not our choice..

tina   June 23rd, 2009 7:43 am ET

I'm not agree with policies of this government that's why i never elected anybody as president because as we can see this election is just insulting to our Iranian people.I strongly hope all dictators government will be collapsed...

Ali   June 23rd, 2009 7:44 am ET

Iranian people are not stupid. Authorities are stupid who consider people stupid. THE ELECTION WAS RIGGED!

shiva   June 23rd, 2009 9:39 am ET

many people in IRAN voted mr. mirhossein mosavi but Ahmadinejad stolen out votes. we hate him, we don't like him.
we want freedom. what can we do? Mr. khamenei and his choice kill many people. they are cruel.

breeze   June 23rd, 2009 10:30 am ET

i want my vote!!!!!!!!! where is it???????

Farzad   June 23rd, 2009 10:39 am ET

It's not fair at all...
we're Iranian and we voted to Mr. Mosavi but they steal our vote, They steal 13,000,000 vote of Mr. Mosavi and put it for Mr Ahamdi Nejad, it's unbelievable but it was happened !!! So is it fair???? and that's why people of Iran protested to Islamic Republic Regime
It's Dictator Regime
If anybody wants to know about reasons, can ask Iranian in all of the world they give u many clear reasons...

Behzad   June 23rd, 2009 10:56 am ET

I really appreciate the non-iranian for taking part to mentioning their ideas. As I read their comments, there are lots of people who cast doubt on the fraud and unfair election. I think that this election was not fair in many aspects and the most important part in counting the election. You are right that you can not have any estimates as you do not have enough information and access to news of Iran, but just if we suppose that it has been an unfair election, then you will find out that why the government kills (yes they really shot people dead) in the streets and doesn't let the journalists to make any reports!

hamed   June 23rd, 2009 11:27 am ET

Cheating is obvious from several witnesses

hamed   June 23rd, 2009 11:35 am ET

cheating is obvious

Ali Radmand   June 23rd, 2009 12:20 pm ET

It was fair as none of those who feel it was not fair didn't mention any clear reason for it. It's just their feeling!!!
Please be a little more logical as it's not an acceptable way to ignore a huge selection.

behrooz   June 23rd, 2009 12:44 pm ET

I am absolutely agree with Erica

homa   June 23rd, 2009 12:55 pm ET

Mehrad, tanks i don't know good english .but your comment is very very good .we are great nation,

Nassim   June 23rd, 2009 1:34 pm ET

Iran belongs to the iranians and we love our country and our government with all its inconveniences. I want to tell you, regarding to 85% of people who participated in the election _ something that you cannot even see in your dreams to be happen in your DEMOCRATIC country_ the old theory of cheating in absolutly IMPOSSIBLE. However if somebody IN IRAN, doubts the result, we have enough rules for evaluating his claim. So, one thing is evident: we dont need your worry. We suggest you to resolve the thousands of the problems that exist in your own contry.
Dont be happy about what you have recieved in these comments. They are all traitors! the real iranians dont waste their time for leave you any comment! I just do it for inform you: WE DONT NEED YOUR HELP.

Maryam   June 23rd, 2009 2:12 pm ET

we need Global support & help . Listen to our voice . they are killing our friends , children,.....

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Sami   June 23rd, 2009 4:00 pm ET

I believe the Islamic regim in Iran has to go on trial for crime against humanity. Killing, stealing, cheating lying, you name it, they have done. Let us not wait too long untill it's too late. Remember ex Yogoslavia.

soltanhossein   June 23rd, 2009 8:37 pm ET

dear David!
mr. Ahmadinejad elected by the people who live in the countryside, they are more than citizens in big cities. we CAN solve our problems & we needn't your help, thank you so much!

farid   June 23rd, 2009 11:54 pm ET

A dirty fraud...

Hossein   June 24th, 2009 6:00 am ET

They used different dirty tactics to win this election for instance there were not enough election tariff for voters in some places even from noon that day.the question is where were all those 10000000(or even more) extra tariffs??? I am not really interested in politics but even a fool can understand that the gap couldn't be that much.
they used the media inside to lie to people and keep people believing them.

Ezam   June 24th, 2009 7:11 am ET

There were no election. That was selection. Election winner is mousavi, but Ahmadinejad was selected by Khamenei.

mohammad   June 24th, 2009 9:04 am ET

Certainly ,it was a fraud.It was definitely a coup.

A UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR   June 24th, 2009 9:54 am ET

I’m really SORRY for the Iranians who rely on you! You have serious problems with our country and now you sympathize with us. The IRANIAN presidential election was absolutely fair and Ahmadinejad polled 25000000 votes. He’s the legal president of Iran.

Mohsen Sajedi   June 24th, 2009 10:43 am ET

I agree with "soltanhossein"
Must of Iranian people vote for Dr. Ahmadinejad and they will support him to the end.
85% of Iranians vote in this election & it means that they are agree with Islamic regim.
& we all support him!

ali   June 24th, 2009 3:38 pm ET

There is no democracy in IRAN only IDIOCRACY a mirage fooling the people that there is one. Its not the law of the LAND that is being dictated but a dictatorship of a mockery of what it used to be known as a religion called ISLAM. IRANIAN need a government that is built on a foundation base on true democracy. A government that does not judge its people but can be judge by its people. A government that stands for being an IRANIAN no mater what gender you are or believes you may have. A government as once was said by a great man Abraham Lincoln "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth".

Parissa   June 24th, 2009 5:36 pm ET

It is abviously painful and heart breaker, killing and shotting the people who only want their rights, but I am sure this experience is necessary to my country. All of this is for happy and free Iran.

Amir   June 24th, 2009 8:01 pm ET

Of course it wasn't fair. Those who are not in the middle of the battle, please pay attention to these points:
1. Mousavi's campaign had planned to be in contact with its representatives on voting places via SMS. They expected that the government may be planning to pose problems in the SMS service. So they warned about this a week earlier which resulted in government's reaction saying that this isn't going to happen; and it happened just the night before the election: they stopped the whole SMS system
2. Mousavi's campaign, seeking an alternative, just switched its communication method to simple phone calls. They had around 700 lines in the campaign headquarters which became allocated to this. Interestingly enough, all of the lines were blocked just on the election day.
3. The final phase was arresting many of the campaign major advisors on the election day, which paralyzed the whole campaign.

These, in my opinion, requires no more evidence to show that the government just took every instrument from Mousavi's campaign that gave them the ability to supervise the elections and collect evidences. This alone is enough to justify what they are asking: annulment of the elections

FrankRafie   June 25th, 2009 3:36 am ET

30 year ago, Jimmy Carter accused Shah of Iran for Human Rights Violations, pressuring him to leave Iran, paving the way for forming of the Islamic Republic. Why the Nobel Peace Prize winner Genius Jimmy is SO shut up on the worst human rights violations the world has seen in modern history? Shame on Carter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why don't they Burn the Bazar?
Why don't they Burn the Oil Refineries?
Why more Basij Headquarters aren't Torched?

Fay   June 25th, 2009 4:17 am ET

The Mollas Government has ruled Iran for 30 years by cheating, lying and destroying the country. I am confident the election was a hoax, right now as we are debating about fairness of the election they are stealing all tht oil money from Iran and depositing them in overseas bank accounts. The Mollas are getting ready to shave their beard, remove their turban and wear a suite and pretend they have never done anything wrong in their life.
Only God can pay them back for what they are doing to Iran.

davood   June 25th, 2009 1:06 pm ET

It is obviously fraud
it is not fair
and it was not election
and the world could see after the selection and insulting Iranian people
there was only blood on goverment's hand
it is more than obvious
why do you ask when you can see what's going on?   June 25th, 2009 3:17 pm ET

In Iran everybody knows that there is no election,it is just a play that the government are playing,and the people who can not stand this play should be shoot up.In Iran the government calls it democracy...So we have to remind them democracy is a system of government in which all the people of a country can fairly vote to elect their representatives.wish To see a Democratic Iran.

Massood   June 25th, 2009 4:02 pm ET

The regime has shown its true face and hopefully will be toppled by the Iranians inside Iran; but they need a charismatic leader.

Baurman   June 25th, 2009 6:32 pm ET

Absolutely it wasn't fair, I hope Iranian people will get back their rights from dictator regime.

tinoo   June 26th, 2009 6:54 am ET

It's not called an election it’s a coup planned by Messbah and khamenei and their paid mobs, it won't last long and they are responsible for any damage to our people and our country and they should understand that people are fed up and will stand for a change

aghaghi   June 27th, 2009 5:07 am ET

We went to vote for change nor to confirm the system and the incumbent president. He is not ours!

ashkan   June 27th, 2009 8:13 am ET

We are in a biggest jail of the world in Iran. I request the world to help Iran"s people from this hell.
I wish the freedom day.

Negar   June 27th, 2009 4:21 pm ET

NO,for sure.
They just played us a game,stupid game.
But now what can we do? NOTHING,because we have no-one to hear our voice,to see us and do something for us. They are really making us isolated,Thay are building another North Korea. DOWN WITH THEM...

P.R.   June 28th, 2009 10:58 am ET

As one of the Iranian who loves his country, I just want the regime to leave us alone, to leave our country, to stop ruling us, to stop limiting us, to stop lying to us, to respect us. They are just robbing our country treasures. I strongly ask U.N. to get them out of, to not recognize them as a legal government. we want democracy, we want freedom, we want a government from the people not from a special group.

freedom   June 28th, 2009 11:55 am ET

Every one is hearing you. We are doing our best to show that you are not alone and you will be heard. I hope you hear us from outsie and know that we are with you all the way and support you and make sure the world hear you and honorable leaders of the world make a difference on their part.

So if you read this tell the people in Iran we hear you There are demonstrations everywhere, It is the will of the Iranian people that has gathered so many Iranians outside Iran, withno affiliation to any political party or if there are parties which I am sure they are they are doing the same thing and following your steps, just for democracy and free elections. What the people want that is what it is all about.

Be brave for us. the whole world is watching.

Sami   June 28th, 2009 2:15 pm ET

Iranian authorities consider the world naive and stupid. Iranians don't need the British or anybody else to tell them to demonstrate. We have more than enough of this regime. You might be able to fool some illiterate peasants in Iran, but you can't fool the world. You are ridiculous.

BAHMAN   June 28th, 2009 2:56 pm ET


Pooyan   June 28th, 2009 3:45 pm ET

not only this but all the elections from 30 years ago in islamic republic regime were far from fair.because all the candidates in all their elections are selected by the regime itself,and people have to select among one of regime's choices!
and see how high is dictatorship level in Iran that they even dont accept the one that they have choosen; and they cheat in the election.
the center point of Iran's dictatorship regime is absolutely Ayatollah Khamenei.

Sami   June 28th, 2009 4:57 pm ET

Who incited and paid the Bassijies, Pasdarans, Chomghdaran (civlians on motorbike with a bat), and others to kill Neda and other people killed and arrested, UK?!!!

I hope mr Obama realizes that you can't negotiate with criminals like Ahamdinejad who was the leader of hostage taker in American Embassy

sam Rogers   June 28th, 2009 6:50 pm ET

Its very suprising that this regim talk of total freedom and yet deport all
the international journalists from Iran.
I wished if other countries wish to help Iranian people they boycott
the eliet 50 or 100 top dogs from goining to thier counties and lay
red carpet at thier dairty feet with young iranian young blood,which was
shed in cold blood with regims merceneris.

Gity   June 28th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

When we have 120% voted to a must be fair that he should win!

anousheh   June 28th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

It was not election! I had known that he would be selected again. I know we missed many brothers and sisters but we showed that we are not the people who our goverment wanted to be! We fight for freedome and i'm sure bright sun is rising soon! help us to be heared.

reza   June 29th, 2009 5:29 am ET

Ahmanijad and his polotical supporters manipulated the election for biger aims. i think it might be the last election in Iran. they just cheated the people. I am very worry about the future of IRAN.

Mohsen   June 29th, 2009 5:41 am ET

We participate in election to change the present regretful condition of our country, but unfortunately the current government cheating at election and change the nation vote.
After it they suppress the objectors by the most violence methods.

salam   June 29th, 2009 7:27 am ET

We can't verify what mousavi claims, but the reaction from the opposit side reveals some points. Why to react in a way that is unfair to either a fair or unfair claim, if thay are right?!

Ali   June 29th, 2009 6:12 pm ET

In the eyes of anybody who knows the least about free elections, what happened in Iran is a complete sham and a good example of charlatanism. How could a system appoint only 4 of its own people and not allow the genuine opposition to appoint candidates and then even with such shameful arrangement they rig the results? The whole show was meant to tell the world that people are faithful to the regime and there is democracy in Iran but the statesmen could not anticipate an uprising in such magnitude, which in reality also displays the magnitude of dissatisfaction of the Iranian populace for the entire regime.

Al   June 29th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

You must be kidding to ask this question! Just look at the numbr of protesters and get the idea. This is an uprising against the entire barbaric clerical reigme of Tehran.

alireza h   June 29th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

tell president Obama that he is nothing even close to Abraham Lincoln
he was a estateman not some politician who closes his eyes on criminals and forgets about all the freedom brag.

Mona   June 29th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

The election of Iran is %100 not fair. This subjekt is clear by the politicians in the world, specially.

abbasss   June 30th, 2009 7:06 am ET

in many cities we have more than 100% voter (participant). (more than 192 cities)… is certainly fair!
also most of people do not believe the results. even, some governers such as parlement speaker are in doubt of the results. yes, it is interfering of westren countries!!

reza   June 30th, 2009 7:40 am ET

Coup in Iran

Ali   June 30th, 2009 8:06 am ET

It is a social fact that the election in Iran was a fraud, not merely rigged. The fundamentalists have been a minority ever since 1997, and they won in 2005 because people first boycotted, and then got naive and preferred to vote against Hashemi in the runoff. The very fact that so many people voted this time means Ahmadinejad lost by a landslide. They coup leaders knew this, and they didn't even bother to read the votes. Now they have to deal with an overwhelming majority that wants the elections declared void, and possibly more.
People will triumph at the end. This is just the beginning.

fareme   June 30th, 2009 8:43 am ET

khamenei! where is our vote???

ARAD   June 30th, 2009 9:23 am ET

any one read the novel " The Autumn of the Patriarch " by GGMarques ?
El otoño del patriarca
if you read , you know the meaning of fair .

shabnam   June 30th, 2009 9:54 am ET

it is not called an ellection ,it is big joke and its not fair
i wish if other countries help us to be heared and support us

mojgan   June 30th, 2009 11:17 am ET

Of course not. Nothing to say more except Viva the real IRAN.

sara   June 30th, 2009 5:30 pm ET

I remember the previous presidents well !! he is the only one who works truthfully.I am sorry for my countrymen !! most of them say only what others say.

samar   June 30th, 2009 5:48 pm ET

what a any country the people judge their president so impolitely.

Amir   July 1st, 2009 5:18 am ET

everybody in this world knows that the election wasn't fair and as everybody saw only terrorist groups like Hamas, and Hezbollah congratulate Ahmedinejad
the point is his re-election is so dangerous for middle east security
hope people keep on fighting and remove Islamic republic from Iran.


Mohamadreza   July 1st, 2009 9:56 am ET

Elections was not fair. Mr Musavi is the real winner but someone did not let him to win, Mr Khameneie & Mesbah.

Armin Mihand   July 1st, 2009 4:03 pm ET

The sheer audacity of the regime (and I will call them a regime now) to have such an illegitimate election and play it off like the Iranian people are idiots is repulsive.

babak   July 1st, 2009 5:16 pm ET

in this election 22 million voat was displaced in faver of ahmedenajad

D   July 1st, 2009 5:48 pm ET

Cheat, Cheat and Cheat, the election.

kimiya   July 2nd, 2009 2:39 am ET

Ahmadinejad is just a puppet for khameneyee. They were freaking out to lose the power, they ended up killing Poor Neda and other brothers and sister in Iran we don't knw of. Ahmadinejad had already given us a bad picture before the world and it's funny when he says everybody know Iran to the best of their collocation. They ruined the picture Islam in the World of Islam. There's no killing in Islamic religion referring our Prophet Mohammad(s) but they showed they are not moslem by killing our brothers. This is not Islam. This is dictatorship and war within khatami, Rafsanji and khameneyee.

Arash   July 2nd, 2009 9:44 am ET

I'm just wondering what the hell ahmadinejad did to our country and our people to make most of the people agreed with himself and make a big wave of votes for himself !!!!!!!

He did nothing but made everything WORST ... everybody knows that and the big wave of Iranian people voted for CHANGE.

the election was more than a joke !

morteza   July 2nd, 2009 9:50 am ET

everyone knows it was not fair, it has never been fair for 30 years and people of Iran had it enough, people's angre wasn't about election froud, it was just a reason, mosavie is just a reason, people are in streets for 30 years of persecution.

Mahmood   July 2nd, 2009 10:20 am ET

IRI kills hundreds of innocent of Iranians each day!!

Z   July 2nd, 2009 11:44 am ET

There is no doubt that the recent election in Iran was not fair at all, but take this into consideration that there is no democracy in Iran and presidents are all appointed by some people in authority. However this time was just different. We went to vote to show our disgust with this cursed regime, although we had no hope. The result was what I had expected, I mean there couldn't be any other way. Now after many protests, demonstrations, many people having been killed, arrested, tortured... WHERE IS MOUSAVI? No he doesn't seem to be the right guy to be followed.
Just please wish us patience and tolerance.

Mazyar   July 2nd, 2009 1:00 pm ET

How could it be fair when there were no independent observers. They claimed that they counted most of the ballets in 3 hours. If Ahmadinejad had 24 Milion votes, he should have been very relaxed and tell the opposition they are more than welcome to recount and would even assist them to verify the result. Because after the recount the world would see that Ahmadinejad had the most votes and this would help him to get more popular support and would strengthen his goverment. Instead, they got very nervous and started supressing the people and killed many. So, if you are inocent you would not do what they did, Obviously, they are afraid of the truth.

amir   July 2nd, 2009 3:40 pm ET

Iran is my homeland and love it from the bottom of my heart but one thing or if i can say one nasty person played trick on us and made us hate living in Iran. life here is so unfair because our words have noway to come out and they are resembling a time bomb which is ticking for coming to an appropriate time to blast the whole unfair regime DOWN...

Mehdi   July 2nd, 2009 7:10 pm ET

Iranian people expect USA and EU to have a more serious reaction against non-legitimate government of Iran. The leader of coup d'état is the supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei. We are worried about the future of green movement of Iranian people against cruel dictators. O' people of the world, help us!

peace   July 2nd, 2009 7:35 pm ET

The nature of this brutal inhuamen regime is based on frasud, injustice and eliminating all oponnets by slaughtering and terror.
this regime has been suppressing and voice of freedom with in the last 31 yers, and now for the first time the entirwe world saw the true faces of this regime and heard people of Iran`s voice for freedom and justice. Now the whole world see that this inhumane regime does not represent the people of Iran.

Behrouz   July 4th, 2009 4:21 am ET

The islamic goverment have never been honest with Iranian people and other contries. The islamic goverment has not been voted by iranians but they brought to iran by other goverments. The islamic goverment has tortured people for 30 years and no country specially United States cared about human right, they just pretend....

The World watched what islamic goverment did to people and we are watching the world to see their action!!!

Sami   July 4th, 2009 6:54 pm ET

It seems to me by arresting The British Embassy's employees in Iran,and accusing GB being behind People's movement, The Islamic authorities have frightened western countries, so that they can't react. Because whatever they do, it will justify these accusations.
GB has to react to these actions against their own country never mind all the people who have been killed, arrested or disappeared.

pooya   July 5th, 2009 7:36 am ET

we hate ayatollah's regime.

sam   July 5th, 2009 7:49 am ET

The Answer Is Obvious for most of Iranians And It is No, IT WAS NOT FAIR. The best possible placement for the announced president (!!!) among the 4 candidates was the 2nd Place. In addition, unofficial reports says that he was at the 3rd place. 1.Mousavi-2.Karoobi-3.Ahmadi Nejad

bardiya   July 5th, 2009 2:40 pm ET

ahmadinejad is symbol of velain religious dictatorship in word
i am in the tehran and i watch brutal behaviour of islamic facism i wrote a book about persian fate in metaphorfic language.
i hope persians shall break the chain of violance islamic idea in future

Pajand   July 5th, 2009 6:15 pm ET

What a question! You just need to surfe in Internet and see how they behaved with people who were against the cheating election! It was just a show! up to now more than 30 people were killed, the houses were distroyed and over hundereds of people are arrested by POLICE and radical semi military supporters of Ahmadinejad and Khamenei! (Search under Iran or Tazohorat or Tehran or Esfahan the videos which were uploaded during last weeks!) AND now you ask if it was a fair election!!!!!!!!!!!

lili   July 5th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

It depends what is our defeniation of fair.
If i tell you there is number of products in the market but i will only allow you to chosse from three brands means you have already limited the choice.
The type of leadership in Iran is a trnsfomational one not a trnsactional type which was promised in the begining of the revolution in the first democratic election in 1978-9 pepole had to choose yes or no to Islamic republic as a form of government it is like the example i gave above limting people's choice, make the story short it is not a surprise not to have a fair election.
The strange thing is that in many country's election there are mostly ywpo parties involved i think it is time to trust people's chice and thier ability to make decision abuot their future and country globaly and of specially in Isalmic republic of Iran.
Supression is not an answer to the demand of people to have a fair shre in their future, the dangeour of making goverments bigger and bigger is what we see in Iran of today.
Iran's problems is a mixture of its unique Geography and History which unforutnatly is unknown to alot of peole around the world.
Time to seprate ideology from the course of leadership, in today's complex world a broader view is needed to overcome difficuties of running a country.
Trust in people of GOd is like trust in God so they should get it.

arash   July 6th, 2009 11:04 am ET

we just want world not to accept ahmadinejad as iranian president and representative.for god's sake do it for us...

Kourosh   July 6th, 2009 3:44 pm ET

I am Iranian and am residing in Iran. Although, as an Iranian you do not have access to decent and reliable information, but it is so obvious that the voting was absolutely unfair. We are the same people who voted for Mr. Khatami just to show our hatred about the islamic fundamentalists, but we later found that Khatami is not brave enough to fulfil Iranians wishes-as he himself told people that he is not our HERO. Despite of our disappointment, this time we learned that if we do not participate in the voting, Ahmadinejad will continue ruining Iran. Thats why I believe that the majority voted for reformist.

Kourosh   July 6th, 2009 4:58 pm ET


Juan Carlos Montealegre   July 6th, 2009 7:45 pm ET

I saw a report by Carl Penhall about Honduras, in which he told you and the rest of the world that what was going on in Honduras was a struggle between the poor and the rich, a statement which is completely false, and therefore misleading to all CNN viewers around the world, on account of the fact that the struggle in Honduras is over a government that was trying to emulate Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, and a new de-facto government who deposed Manuel Zelaya because the overwhelming majority of the people of Honduras -rich or poor – do not want a government like Venezuela or Nicaragua, because they suppress basic freedom's, violate human rights, and don't create a climate for investment, which is the only way to eliminate poverty. Well over 80 % of the population of Honduras support the new government, the only people who support the ousted president are those receiving money from Chavez and Ortega.

Amin   July 7th, 2009 10:37 am ET

If it was fair, why the government put limits on internets and mobile phones?
why the cities are full of police?
why they arrested the oposition journalists and leaders?
why they put the fire on the people?
If the government have the right of 64% of people why they should afraid of these protests?

Goly   July 7th, 2009 2:21 pm ET

obviously it was not fair.we hate islamic republic and need referendum and this referendum should be done by international organisations becuase islamic republic won't do it and if it would, the results won't be accepable by the iranians.becuase people don't trust the government anymore.

amir   July 7th, 2009 2:41 pm ET

we hate ahmadinejad

Hamidreza   July 7th, 2009 4:29 pm ET

Down with Dictator khamenei & Ahmadinejad who are killing us just because of asking ((Where are our votes?))!!!

Hossein   July 7th, 2009 6:30 pm ET

saluted the all liberalists & those who gave their lives for freedom in Iran & every where.We never acept the whopper about the election announed results.wish triumph of good over evil.

Mohammad   July 7th, 2009 8:17 pm ET

Election in Iran was not fair. Ahmadi nejad is not a real president. Just suprem leader voted for him.

Lisa   July 7th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

How could they count the vote by hand so fast only few hours after the poll? It shows that they believe the world is stupid. I know some polls in the US that had 106 votes, 100 went to Mousavi, 6 went to Amadhinejad, and other poll had 101 votes, 100 went to Mousavi, 1 went to Amadhinejad. Yet he claimed that he won landslide. If he said he won with 19 million votes, and Mousavi got 18 million votes, then at least the world could accept that. Stealing is a sin in Islam. Yet, they claimed that they are so religious. It's a joke!!! Shame on them. May Alah strike them all.

Farokh Pirnia   July 7th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Islamic Republic of Iran is not our Government. They are killing our
students in the streets. We of the world share one voice with the international Iranian Movement.Do not let the Voive of Freedom be silenced.

SUPPORT IRAN UPRISING . Down with Islamic Republic of Mullahs.

Farokh Pirnia   July 7th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Islamic Republic of Iran is not our Government .Do not let the voice of freedom be silenced. Down with Islamic Republic of Mullahs.

Mehrdad   July 8th, 2009 1:18 am ET

There was no surprise!!! The nature of the Islamic regime is to cheat, to lie, to commit murder for no good reason!!!
The question is that why the free world kept a blind eye for the past 30 years and why Jimmy (The Islamic regime Godfather) Carter has forgotten about the Human Rights that he was crusading for????
The Islamic regime cheated???? of course not!!! when killing the American soldiers in Iraq & Afghanistan; that is not cheating!!!
When the Islamic regime kills innocent Iranians, beside being a heart breaker for Mr. Obama, of course it is not cheating!!! Who wants to meddle in a friendly (read it bloody) argument??? Why don't we trade that statue of liberty for a GM hybrid car, the hybrid car should mean a whole lot more to us than that huge statue that with its torch might cause global warming and make us sweat. But of course the shame can cause us sweat too. Shame of keeping our silence in the face of suppression, torture, and murder.
When is it the time to stop appeasing terrorists, murderers, and hoodlums and when is the time to stand by the side of the righteousness and humanity??? When?????

Jaleh Azad   July 8th, 2009 1:37 am ET

This is an uprising against the entire barbaric clerical regime of Tehran, not only Ahmadi Nejad and or Khamenei. The clerical regime has to go in its entirety.

You are missing the point   July 8th, 2009 1:44 am ET

Calling what is happening in Iran as elections is absurd. Candidates are pre screened for religious credentials and allegiance to the Islamic Republic. 450 candidates were barred from running, These were hand picked and trusted candidates by the regime. Iranian elections are a sham by any western standards. Lets do not fool yourselves. Imagine that only democrats could run for office and all republicans were barred from participating.

BENJAMIN   July 8th, 2009 2:22 am ET

I dont know when the world gonna wake up....I guess after another million of Iranian gets killed and murder,rape,druged,torture???? Like the Nazis....This is shame.
Its so sad to see that the world do not react much about these killers who consider themselves as the reprentative of Iran. United nation must not accept these killers as the leaders.They must request Khamaneei and Ahmadinejad and Rafsanjani to answer to all of the violations of human rights that they have during the 30 years of tyrany. This regime was put in power by the democrat ( the Idiot Jimmy Carter). I hope that Mr Obama be wise and strong towards the overthrowing of the regime. Its time to have freedom in Iran.

Rockmelon   July 8th, 2009 4:41 am ET

One day, the Iranian people will be successful in overthrowing the oppressive and cruel dictatorship that is hanging over them like a dark cloud! Unfortunately, it won't be the help of of the American president but it will be with the support of the American people!

I believe that it will not be much longer before America revolts against our present leadership. Obama is the most evil of men. It becomes clearer with each day that he hates America and is doing all he can to destroy our country and its' constitution.

Obama's campaign funds were most definitely a 'gift' of the Saudi government! And it would be wise for the Iranian people to rid themsleves of the same hate and greed that rules their nation! We are all headed for disaster unless we act without haste.

me   July 8th, 2009 5:31 am ET

if it was fair,they did not kill poeple.

Hamid   July 8th, 2009 5:57 am ET

How could it be fair when the count of votes in lots of zones are numbers divisible by 100! Did we vote in groups of 100? The illiterate men of Mahmoud are cheaters but stupid cheaters.

vida   July 8th, 2009 6:28 am ET

Not only Ahmadinegad is not our president,Islamic Repuplic of Iran is not our Goverment . Majority of people hate all Mulas and special stupid ahmadinegad and the leader.

lilli from stuttgart   July 8th, 2009 7:08 am ET

nothing is fair with Islamic Republic of Iran, nothing is fair with this government and Ahmadi Nejad..... pictures coming from Iran shows the whole truth. our smart, intelligent young generation and our country deserve much better than this, they showed the whole world what this regime is all about......enough is enough!!!!

Nader Sani   July 8th, 2009 8:24 am ET

Elections have never been fair in Islamic republic of Iran. We must remember that elections were never fair during Pahlavis either. There is only one way to change the situation. We must have another regime!

alireza hematifar   July 8th, 2009 12:17 pm ET

PARADE’s Annual List Of...The World’s 10 Worst Dictators:

9) Seyed Ali Khamane’i, Iran. Age 66. In power since 1989. Last year’s rank: 18

Over the past four years, the rulers of Iran have undone the reforms that were emerging in the nation. The hardliners completed this reversal by winning the parliamentary elections in 2004 —after disqualifying 44% of the candidates—and with the presidential election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2005. Ultimately, however, the country is run by the 12-man Guardian Council, overseen by the Ayatollah Khamane’i, which has the right to veto any law that the elected government passes. Khamane’i has shut down the free press, tortured journalists and ordered the execution of homosexual males.

Hassan   July 8th, 2009 12:46 pm ET

supreme leader and Ahmadinejad and whole regime cheated and this election’s result was a big lie, nobody believes this ,except some fool people, finally this was in favour of US and Israel largely, now Iran is very strongly weak in international situation and negotiations with west.

Arash --   July 8th, 2009 12:50 pm ET

For everybody who live in Iran it is completely obvious that this election has not been fair at all, there are too many facts which shows how mach cheating Ahmadynejad and his team have done. Shame on them

MMT   July 8th, 2009 1:09 pm ET

Iranian elections is a shame.
Do not let the voice of Freedom be silenced.

Mirhashem Ziai   July 8th, 2009 3:51 pm ET

The Constitution of the Islamic Republic government is based on their holy book of Koran. Democracy and average human inteligence are totally missing in this holy book.
Therefore, nothing in Islamic Republic can be fair and compatible with human rights. The rule of six century cave-dwellers is ruling and considered the only way of life.
MH. Ziai

Amir   July 8th, 2009 4:06 pm ET

How do you expect a fair election in a theocracy??? Here Allah decides not human beings...

shiva   July 8th, 2009 4:08 pm ET

Election was not fair at all. We need world support to prove it .

Nima   July 8th, 2009 7:37 pm ET

Ther is no reason to believe it was fair.
I hope Mr. Obama won’t trade human rights with hopeless Nuclear negotioation.

Masi   July 8th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Even from the start, they have not been fair with anybody, if it wasn't fixed why will they not recount all the votes? 10% whats that going to do!?
They think they own Iran, they are blinded by their greed for power and they do not care how many lives they take, a government is needed for a country to be run not for a country to be owned and enslaved into their ways of thinking.

KV   July 8th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

That was the clearest cheating in an election ever happened . Ahmadinejad and his group are so dumb , they couln`t even make it look fair . Thousunds of cheating evidences exists ., poor guys . I think none of them can get more than 5 of 140 points in an IQ test.

Ex-moslem   July 9th, 2009 4:21 am ET

All the candidates were veted and screened before. Even if Mosavi was elected he was not representing seculars either.

This election was between bad and worse. Both candidates hands were stained to blood of patriotic Iranians who were mass murdered in prisons during their ( candidates) time in the office.

BTW: How can you expect an Islamic government to be fair.
Starting with Mohammad, Islam won by killing , looting and pillaging others, unless they converted to Islam and joined the mobs.
What we see today is continuation of the same.

Amir   July 9th, 2009 4:21 am ET

It was a fraudulent election in which military forces and other militias helped Ahmadinejad to re – establish his dictatorship for another 4 years , mass protests in Tehran and other main cities of the country despite the great risk of being killed , have proven it ,

sina   July 9th, 2009 8:38 am ET

It is clear to every one who is leaving in iran that the election was not right, and it was changed as they want in the government, so this president and government are not our selection, but iranian freedom campaign wont accept this situation and surley we will stay and fight against goverment force to achieve the victory.

ZOHREH   July 9th, 2009 10:15 am ET

Was AHMADI NEJAD elected by iranians as a president of iran?
People around the world please donot believe it. It is a big lie.

Ehsan   July 10th, 2009 5:27 am ET

So stupid mistake from Iranian politicians!! Manipulation of statistical data in recent Iran’s Election was of worst quality. In despite of dictatorship, they didn’t even realize that in prime of awareness of the world they shouldn’t have behaved like that.

Persian man   July 10th, 2009 2:25 pm ET

For those who say opposing Iranians are not the majority,I say what was
the reason, motive or fear in regime to rig in election then?!!...
Come on world's people,Iranians don't want the Islamic regime no more
It's the best time for you,Please help Iranians wipe this cancerous tumor
out of Earth's face.

Hamta   July 10th, 2009 7:11 pm ET

Just count the people that were on the streets asking where their votes were. Then it's obvious that the election was more of a SELECTION.
Ahmadinejad is NOT the president and the world needs to not recognize him as such.
PLEASE don't give this regime the power to do this to the people. All they want is to be free like the rest of us.

lili   July 10th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

well done Mehrdad , i just saw ur message posted on July 8. Absloutley right it is matter of choice for superpowers when to start meddling in the name of human rights or so on and so forth, The mess we have in Afghanistan was a game started by Russians and continued by Americans and their loving freindly Arab nations. Too much wealth accumulation would sooner or later bring Binladens who hate Iranians and caleed the dogs. Mr Obama, Putin and others just leave us alone we have changed course of history many times and we aill do it again, you played this dirty Game when Ghandi won the heart of people in India Brits gave them the gift of Pakistan as a trouble makers so they keep them busy not to prosppare, you did it with us surronding us by a bunch of enemies and gave them the power to take peace away and start that bloody war of Iran and Iraq .You guys did this to Iranian's many time during Ghjar hay Russians our history is full of your meddling in our country, brits dont forget Mosadaq and Mr Carter where are you now, stop it all of you , people of Iran are smart, educated, politically mature they wont allow you so called super powers of the world to take tje sweetness of our victory this time we will rise from ashes and bring gllory to the great Persia again people living in peace and harmony regardless of their belif and ideology we will do it, YES WE CAN, but not with you international pliticians/ leadres playing dirty games having different motives but for sure none of you leadres shown to your people and us that you care about young lives being wasted hope you will be able to convince your people who voted you to their country you show how fair and caring you guys are when it comes to dael with murders and dicatators of the world!!!behind the scene to deal with a goverment that people of that country decided no to choose as their leaders.STOP PLAYING YOUR CHESS GAME USING IRAN AS YOUR GAME BOARD. People of Iran will unit again will do it with care for each other and would hope that the new Iran will find true friends around the world and will set an example again.

Mona   July 10th, 2009 11:28 pm ET

Are U joking!
I live in Iran and I saw our people votes..Most of us didn't vote Ahmadinejad..because we hate him!

abbas   July 11th, 2009 8:15 am ET

where is our votes? where is the bloodshed going? why they kill ppl if they r right? why Ahmadinejad claims we have absolute democracy in Iran?? Why NOKIA and SIEMENS sell spying software and hardware to Ahmadinejad???

Maryam   July 11th, 2009 9:45 am ET

It was not fair.
For those who do not live in Iran.
Our goverment is lier. we hate our regim. I mean 90% of people.
if they were right, they would let the election be done again under international supervision. We only want democracy. it is all.

Yousef   July 11th, 2009 10:43 am ET

Ahmadinejad is NOT our legitimate president. The whole world should not recognize him as such. Please don’t give this regime international legitimacy and credit.

Ehsan   July 11th, 2009 2:22 pm ET

I should say that the interior ministry in Iran did not even count the votes, and they just stated the number of the votes that they had in their dreams for Ahmadi nejad, many events proves this claim. the picture of the votes that were brand new ones and .... but the free world should not recognize the coup d'etat regim in Iran and should strongly condemn its brutal actions against civil people in Iran and One word to Russia and China that Iranian people never forget your support to the this illegitimate regim and in the future when we reach democracy we will know how to behave with you at the end I should say that our problem is not only the Ahmadi nejad our problem is the Islamic Republic and you should not just focus on him but to Khamenei who is the master mind in these events

reza   July 12th, 2009 9:52 am ET

Was AHMADI NEJAD elected by iranians as a president of iran?
People around the world please donot believe it. It is a big lie.

Hamid   July 12th, 2009 10:12 am ET

It it was fair, Why they killed so many people in the streets?Why they are worry about any kind of comunication?

Mehrdad   July 12th, 2009 10:51 am ET

The overall atmoshpere over here is quite dense! Even the heaven seems to be reacting in a depressing mood to the recent events! (i.e., The climate is mirroring the prevailing mood of the nation.)

From the point of view of somebody who has been in the middle of recent events following the Presidential election over here, there is no doubt in my mind that the election results were rigged! Those numbers were made up, and the majority of people over here know that. On Sunday following the announcement of the election results, despite all the advertising and efforts by the state-run media and newspapers, only around 50,000 (some of which were brought into the capital by buses from outside) were gathered in and around ValeyAsr Square to celebrate the so-called victory of Mr. Ahmadinezhad! I witnessed the gathering with my own eyes. On the following day, millions poured into the streets of Tehran and protested against the establishment peacefully.

If someone gets even something close to the majority of the votes (let alone a landslide victory, as the government claims), he doesn't need to use brutal force to subdue the voice of the opposition! If the announced election results were true, there would have been no need to: put a ban on independent media and reporters; no need to disrupt the common communication lines; no need to use sticks! ... and beat peaceful protesters like animals.

Yek Irani   July 12th, 2009 11:19 am ET

This election is illegal and none of us as Iranians believe in it.This satanic cruel regime must go to hell.One day Ahamadi Nejad and Khamenei will be judged in an independent court .

Amin   July 12th, 2009 2:07 pm ET

Well there are alot's of fishy things that we can say about iran election. most important ones was the huges mistakes of iran leader seyyed ali khamenei. First he congradulate to ex-president ahmadinejad befor the guardian concul declare the vote results. then he said i won't let protest give what is asking for on first friday after election and he send the wage earners and huligans to wound, arrest and kill innocent people. the particular words he used befor election was : "The failure of Ahmadinejad in election as a president , is the failure of me as the leader of this country".
with .001% chance that they really win this election we should considere that there are at least 14 million people in iran who hates Ahmadinejad with all their hearts. so they can ignore us and they can take our rights based on our constitution.

ANAHITA   July 12th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

It was selection NOT election . Iran government can not cheat people any more .
Iran president ! you can chaet one person all the time .
you can chaet all just for one time . BUT you can not cheat all , all the time ...

Reza   July 12th, 2009 3:23 pm ET

It's too clear that iranian last presidential election was not fair and must be rejected.

Yashar   July 13th, 2009 5:59 am ET

what is boils down to is that ahmadinejad is a big cheater . he steal our votes .
he is a biggest liar and boaster.

Kaveh   July 13th, 2009 7:43 am ET

Definitely I mean the result of our election not this poll. (LOL)

Edmond   July 13th, 2009 8:34 am ET

I believe, that this election shows the nature of fairness in Iran politic environment.
Years, people live a life out of democracy and the majority of the people who suffer economic pains, has convinced themselves that they have a normal living.
The latest presidential election, which urged a new area in Iranian politics, ends with a very tragical command of the Iranian Leader., which itself, starts a new sphere of another political movement.
I am not a politician, but I am an economist, since I know the basic of this science , I would like to say that Iranian Economy,having such a wealth and natural resources, is suffering a bad management, caused by a bad governance.
Power always speaks louder, but it was an unfair election.

kiarash   July 13th, 2009 9:58 am ET

US$750Millions was spent by Saudi in lebanon election for buying votes in a blunt corruption scandal (As per Newsweek Magazine) but as per American administration and others this is considered democracy .
However the Iranian Democratic election is always considered fouls as per American Administration.
The reason is that the winning party in Iran is against American Policy,,and in Lebanon with the American policy.
Helloo western democracy..

mahsa   July 13th, 2009 3:54 pm ET

it was fair. i love ahmadinezhad peresident many than last year and ...
election was so clear in iran and no one can interfere in internal problem in my country.

Iranian   July 13th, 2009 4:49 pm ET

Although we were not observing the election, it is obvious that Mr. Ahmadi nejad didn't have a good chance to win. In general I am happy with the result, there would be three other below outcome if the winner was not ahmadi nejad:

1- Colonel Saddam Rezaee : we could have another Saddam in area, of course better support from Russia this time, this guy is a gun handler and Khamenaee's right arm in military.

2- Molla Karoobi: Another rich Molla who would run the country for another 4-8 years with no hope in change, he is mlla and is in same road with Khameneaee, there would be no hope for change.

3- Mr. Moossavi: The most popular candidate who strongly claim's there had been fraud in the election. We would face another 4-8 years of endless hope for change, he had been in power before and we saw what had happen, he is front liner now, h ewould be best friend for great puppet (Khamenaee).

Ahmadi nejad's re-elected! (by who?) helprd to see people are waiting for any hope to bring down Mollas, but, does it happen very soon? It won't happen easy, as long as European and western countries have relationship, even business relationship, Molla and fundamentalists will stay in power and continue to reap Iran's economy and governemnt's income,....

I believe it could be different world would stop relationship and indirect support to Iranian government, canceling international flight is another way of boycott as well as reduction in diplomatic relation,...

The result:
This government continue to be in power for longer time (even 20 more years), why? because:
they are best choice for area, there should be a source of problem to justify, invasion to Iraq, long term military support to Arabs and keeping them in power, having military in Iraq, pumping free oil for years and years out of Iraq, having Military forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan under different labels to stop Russia going back to Afghanistan. Western countries like this government because they buy everything and pay few times more as long as their commission get deposited in Bank account in Swiss, UK, ....
Russia will continue to support Islamic Iran (they would'nt care about the type of regime) in order to stop Americans to enter the last remaining non-American related country(Iran)
China will continue to support Iranian Islamic or any other Iranian government as long as they are a good stable market for their low grade products and big Iranian government contracts, (e.g. Iran oil importing company low quality Pipe and Valves which they never could use them).
They replaced Shah with Khomeinee in 1979, because he was going to be a tread for Americans benefit in the area, he was talking about having power, ... so they had someone (Khomeinee) to unleash to take over the Iran, with no experience he has been best choice to put Iran in a fifty years loop, loop of corruption, bankruptcy, killing people, injecting money to western financial institutions,....

So, what do you think? Does it end soon?

Hossein   July 13th, 2009 5:25 pm ET

People who live in almost democratic countries, can not imagine what is really happening in Iran. The morning after the election, I was in Tehran, Walking down the streets. People were confused, but more than that, they were afraid. In Iran, Ahmadinejad or Khamenei are not governing, a deep fear does. They easily kill the citizens. One of my friends was arrested while walking in Enghelab street though he was not among the protesters. Fortunately, he was released after 2 days. However, he was shocked for a week: during those 2 days, he had stood under the scaffold and felt the rope around his neck for more than 10 times!!!
MORE THAN 1000 PEOPLE, most of them famous political figures, are imprisoned without any charge. Yesterday, one of them died under torture in Evin jail.
You can not compare Ahmadinejad-Mousavi with Obama-McCain.

behzad   July 14th, 2009 8:58 am ET

Definitely no. I live in Iran. There are so many distinct reasons and doubtless signs of fraud in this election. The government not only used our taxes for huge propaganda for president Ahmadinejad but also announced a predetermined result! It was a SELECTION.

Tina   July 14th, 2009 9:14 am ET

Ahmadinejad is a liberal man . everyone who say election in Iran was in infraction ,is liar .we don't let Us ,UK and every other country Disturb in our country.a man that his work time is 19 hours per day it is not lair. it is not robber . ONLLY IT IS GENTELMAN .

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